Australia Legalises Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Parliamentary Vote
08 December, 2017, 01:34 | Author: Brenda Erickson
More specifically, the Austrian Supreme Court ruled to change the current definition of marriage, which states it can only be between "different sex" partners, to switch in a definition that doesn't mention sex or gender. Three-quarters of Australians, or nearly 12 million people (74.5% of the country's eligible voters), gave a resounding "yes" to the survey, and it prompted the Australian government to begin debating the issue in Parliament.
Many supporters of the Bill travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome of the parliamentary process.
All amendments were struck down and the bill has passed unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week.
Australian law says couples must wait 30 days to get married once they apply to do so.
Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades. "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law".
"The bill which the Senate passed is a robust bill, a whole range of religious protections are already in place", Entsch said in introducing the bill. He turned to the public gallery, where Bolger was sitting.
"These amendments are important and I stress they are not against same-sex marriage, they are simply in favor of the rights of religious organizations to keep doing what they're doing", Abbott said.
Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP who proposed to his long-term partner Ryan during a speech in parliament earlier this week, said "there is no day that I am more proud to be Australian than today".
Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage.
New same-sex weddings will not happen in Australia until the second week of January because same-sex couples will still need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, which must be completed a month before the wedding. More than 12 million people participated.
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