Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Same-sex marriage now allowed in Australia, 1st wedding likely in February

Same-sex marriage now allowed in Australia, 1st wedding likely in February

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.

When the results of the vote in favour of the Bill were announced, the House and public galleries were full of cheers, shouts, applause, hugs, kisses and general jubilation, reported the BBC.

After royal assent and other formalities, the law will likely take effect in about a month, with the first weddings expected about a month later. "Australia has done it", a beaming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

"Let's do it, let's finalise the deal right now!" he said, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".

"Do we want today to be a day of unity, or do we want today to be a day of division?" .

'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'.

'One of the last conversations I had with him, he just said to me: 'Hendo, just bloody well get on with it, OK?' I say to my dear beloved friend who I miss dearly: JP, that's what we are doing'. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.

"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.

"This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 was voted xx to xx in favor of legalizing marriage equality.

After the bill passed the Senate last week, House proceedings kicked off with fireworks Monday when Liberal MP Tim Wilson surprised his colleagues by proposing to his long-time partner Ryan Bolger.

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