Same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

Geneva Matthews
December 8, 2017

"A time to build, a time to love, and is now at last a time for marriage equality", he said. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.

The bill was introduced in parliament by the conservative government after Australians last month endorsed the reforms in a controversial voluntary postal vote.

During the Lower House debate, more than 100 MPs spoke for over 28 hours on the proposed Bill.

Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades. Abbott reportedly criticised Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten for supposedly failing to support stronger religious protections in the bill as debate was underway.

"It is now part of Australian law", an elated Mr Turnbull said.

The next day, Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, who is a devout Catholic, shared with his colleagues how his gay daughter helped change his position on same-sex marriage.

"We thank all Australians for their support for saying yes, we thank all those who have campaigned for many years, for over 10 years, for fairness and equality".

"She said: Dad, in the years to come, my generation will look back and judge your generation about how you deal with the issue of homosexuality in the same way that your generation considered your parents' generation in the way that they dealt with our indigenous people", Wallace said.

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside Parliament House and packed the public gallery in anticipation of the legislation going through.

The Australian House of Representatives has approved a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

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

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