Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

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

Majority of MPs voted yes to the bill in a bid of changing the Marriage Act, eight days after a similarly decisive result in the Senate.

In 2004, Australia changed its marriage law to interpret marriage is exclusively between a man and a woman.

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect", Mr Turnbull told the house.

Additionally, the passing of the same-sex marriage law will be a strategic political win for Turnbull, who has been strongly opposed by his predecessor Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of conventional marriage.

Australia's parliament broke into celebration as a law permitting same-sex couples to marry was finally approved. "This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

"The amendments. go very much, again, to the heart of religious liberty that we've seen voted down again and again today in this house", George Christensen, a coalition MP for Dawson, declared on the floor of the House.

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The final legislative victory follows years of activism and a three-month community campaign by the Equality Campaign.

They continued: "Because the separation into two legal institutions expresses that people with same-sex sexual orientation are not the same people with different sexual orientation". "This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect".

The legislation was brought to parliament through the upper house, following a non-compulsory, non-binding postal survey in which 61.6 per cent of people voted Yes.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

"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 past year.

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.

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