Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote

Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote

The attorney general, George Brandis, said marriage equality will be the "imperishable legacy" of this government under prime minister Malcolm Turnbull.

While the votes were not immediately tallied, in the House of Representatives, it was clear that 130 to 140 members of parliament voted "yes", according to the Herald.

Same-sex marriage will now be legal across Australia after the country's Parliament voted to allow it.

Fighting back tears, Liberal MP Sarah Henderson told the story Wednesday night of a close gay friend of hers who died months ago and who, in one of their last conversations, asked her to continue to push for same-sex marriage.

Appropriating Ecclesiastes 3, Shorten said there was a season for everything: "It is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to embrace, a time to love and now, at last, a time for marriage equality".

At a press conference after the vote, the Equality Campaign co-chair, Alex Greenwich, said: "We came, we saw and love finally conquered".

Australian law says couples must wait 30 days to get married once they apply to do so.

Almost eight out of 10 eligible voters participated in the survey, according to the government.

Lawmaker spent 55 hours across both houses in speeches and debate.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

The House had been widely expected to approve the historic bill after the Senate approved the same legislation last week.

"The House of Representatives has passed the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017", tweeted the Australian House of Representatives. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

MPs have paid tribute to Entsch over the pass few weeks for his efforts, with the veteran Liberal MP speaking passionately about his "very lonely" journey in support of equal rights on the conservative side of politics. The first same-sex marriages in the country will take place on January 9. It was most recently authorised on Tuesday by Austria's top court by 2019 at the latest.

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