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Australia officially legalizes same-sex marriage

07 December 2017, 09:38 | Erica Roy

Where we are in the SSM debate

Final vote on same sex marriage bill looms

An Australian parliamentary vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage is imminent after MPs reached the final stages of debate on a historic bill.

Same-sex marriage could be legal as soon as Friday after a bill to change the Marriage Act passed the House of Representatives.

Only four MPs voted against the bill, with cheers, applause, tears and the waving of rainbow flags in the public gallery as the final vote was conducted.

The Bill will be put forward to the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove for Royal Assent, which could happen at anytime up to 10 days from now.

If any of the amendments were successful, the Bill would have to go back to the Senate.

There had been little doubt that this bill would pass with sweeping support from Nationals, Liberals, Greens, the crossbench and Labor.

Among them was Christine Forster, the gay sister of Tony Abbott, the former Australian Prime Minister who has always been seen as the face of the "no" campaign.


The government has appointed a panel to examine how to safeguard religious freedoms once gay marriage was a reality in Australia.

"The government is accountable in question time and so is the opposition so we will all be accountable in question time today as we are every day that parliament sits".

"In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we can not ask", an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament a year ago.

"What a day for equality, for love and respect", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after the decision was delivered. The major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian's endorsed change in a postal ballot last month.

Many parliamentarians bared their personal history and pains in the lower house.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.



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