Same-sex marriage signed into law by the Governor General

Posted December 08, 2017

As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide.

All amendments were struck down and the bill has passed unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week.

Others saw it as a rare Christmas gift from the government.

Following a national postal survey that indicated overwhelming approval for marriage equality, lawmakers road this momentum to draft a multilateral, cross-party bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

The bill passed its third reading with only four members of Parliament in opposition.

From heartfelt to bizarrely offensive, the debates to allow same-sex marriage couples to marry became emotionally charged ahead of the final vote on same-sex marriage on December 7. "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law".

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That said, the Senate voted in favor of legalizing it just after a few hours of debate and nearly unanimously with only four members opposing the bill.

Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Greens and some conservatives have proposed changes, but they have already been voted down.

In a historic move, the same-sex marriage bill was passed through the House of Representatives. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

"It's time that that occur and I'm proud that it will occur", Mr Bowen said.

"The Parliament has got on with it and we have voted today for a equality, for love, it is time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect, and we respect every Australian who was voted, those who voted yes, and those who voted no, this belongs to us all, this is Australia!". More than 12 million people participated. With a 28-day notice period to get married, it will be late January before Australia sees its first same-sex marriage under federal legislation.

Same-sex marriage is now recognised in more than 20 countries, of which 16 are in Europe.