Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Elias Hubbard
December 7, 2017

Australia's parliament passed a bill legalising same-sex marriage Thursday after the nation overwhelmingly voted in favour of changing the law, ending decades of political wrangling.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from exclusively between a man and a man to "a union of two people".

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

Both major parties had given their members a free vote on the issue. Taking into account the requirement to give a month's notice of intent to marry in Australia, we should be seeing the first same-sex weddings take place in January.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament, just after a round of applause across the chamber and in the public gallery, the legal change belonged to all Australians.

Scores of men and women joined in singing on Thursday ahead of what is scheduled to be Parliament's final sitting day of the year.

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. The amended legislation would then have to go back to the Senate for ratification. Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters took part in the two-month survey.

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