Same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Australia after new laws cleared federal parliament.
In the lead-up to the final vote, including today, politicians made over 100 speeches totalling 21 hours on same-sex marriage, as MPs debated the bill and its amendments, pertaining to issues like religious freedom and freedom of speech.
The public gallery led a chorus of We Are Australian after the final vote, with members of the parliament joining in from the floor of the House in tears.
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 approved without amendments, the bill will become law.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten also spoke ahead of vote, saying: "Australia, we are going to make marriage equality a reality in minutes".
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'A significant concern that millions of Australians have about these proposed changes to marriage laws is the manner in which the freedom of speech and religion is threatened'.
"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.
Australia's Senate had voted decisively in favour of the gay marriage Bill last week, reported the BBC.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government introduced the bill after Australians overwhelmingly voted in support of same-sex marriage in a national vote.
Many same-sex marriage supporters travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome in the lower house.
The next day, Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, who is a devout Catholic, shared with his colleagues how his gay daughter helped change his position on same-sex marriage.
A nonbinding postal survey found that 62 percent of Australian respondents wanted gay marriage to be legal.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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