Singing in parliament after same-sex vote

Singing in parliament after same-sex vote

Singing in parliament after same-sex vote

And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.

"This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect for everyone", said an effusive Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as he introduced the bill for a final vote.

During the Lower House debate, more than 100 MPs spoke for over 28 hours on the proposed Bill. "They've effectively ensured a lot of people who would otherwise vote for legislation to allow same sex marriage can no longer vote that way, myself included".

Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades. He turned to the public gallery, where Bolger was sitting.

Abbott and other conservatives proposed amendments to the bill to include further religious protections, all of which were voted down.

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

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"We've voted today for equality, for love, it's time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect", he continued.

One week ago the Senate also passed the same-sex marriage bill.

The Governor General has signed the law to legalise same-sex marriage this morning, completing the legal process and formally changing the Marriage Act.

With the law expected to come into place in a month's time from now, Australia will soon become the 24th country to make way for same-sex marriage, according to Pew Research.

Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the poll, and almost 62pc of the 12.7 million people who participated chose "yes" on their ballots. In November the results of a forced but not binding postal plebiscite of Australians found over 60 percent support the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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