Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

Parliament Speeches on Same-Sex Marriage Become Emotionally Charged in Final Week of Debates

IT'S DONE: Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

On Thursday, the House of Representatives of the Australian Parliament supported the bill on the legalization of same-sex marriage.

As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide.

"It is now our job as members of Parliament to pass a fair bill that does not extend or create any new discriminations", an emotional government lawmaker Warren Entsch, who helped draft the bill, told Parliament.

Appropriating Ecclesiastes 3, Shorten said there was a season for everything: "It is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to embrace, a time to love and now, at last, a time for marriage equality".

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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.

"It is now part of Australian law", an elated Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after he and Attorney-General George Brandis visited the governor-general.

"We are simply Australians one and all".

"It means that we've created an Australia that is more equitable, it's more fair, it's more just", he added.

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Gay couples who tied the knot overseas will now have their unions officially recognised. "When people came together and made the case for change, and the beauty of this outcome is that everybody owns the result".

"It was a polarizing issue on which good Australians had strongly and sincerely held views on both sides of the argument", Cormann said.

Abbott was head-butted by a gay rights advocate during the postal survey campaign in September.

The new laws cleared parliament unchanged on Thursday evening after a marathon debate lasting 56 hours and despite a push from conservative MPs for additional religious protections. With a 28-day notice period to get married, it will be late January before Australia sees its first same-sex marriage under federal legislation.

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