Australia Passes Marriage Equality in Landslide Vote

Australia Passes Marriage Equality in Landslide Vote

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged lawmakers to approve the marriage bill by Christmas. The Senate had already passed its own version of the bill the week prior.

Just under 5m people voted "no", with conservative politicians using their rejection as a catalyst to push for religious exemptions to be included in the bill.

Australia became the 25th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed nearly unanimously through parliament just before 6pm local time (7am Irish time).

Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

At a press conference after the vote, the Equality Campaign co-chair, Alex Greenwich, said: "We came, we saw and love finally conquered".

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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".

Here are some facts about same-sex marriage around the world: * Same-sex marriage is legal in 26 nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, United States.

Australian law says couples must wait 30 days to get married once they apply to do so. The 500 or so people in the gallery were vocal in their disapproval of the amendments.

One highly anticipated wedding will be the Liberal Party's Tim Wilson, who proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger while speaking on gay marriage on the floor of the House earlier this week.

The laws, which will also recognise same-sex marriages carried out in foreign countries, take effect from Saturday. They included prominent same-sex marriage advocates, including former Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and local comedian Magda Szubanski.

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