Australian Parliament OKs same-sex marriage

Australian Parliament OKs same-sex marriage

Australian Parliament OKs same-sex marriage

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from exclusively between a man and a man to "a union of two people".

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Australia's parliament broke out in euphoric celebrations as Australia finally legalized same-sex marriage.

Linda Burney, who took leave after a family tragedy, on Tuesday gave a speech in support of gay marriage, paying tribute to her son Binni, who took his own life at the end of October.

"What a day for equality, for love and respect", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after the decision was delivered.

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The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61% of more than 12 million respondents were in favor of marriage equality.

The government has appointed a panel to examine how to safeguard religious freedoms once gay marriage was a reality in Australia. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing a majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

Drafting such measures into the Australian bill would delay it, but several gay marriage opponents have told Parliament this week they would not stand in the way of marriage equality because the Australian public clearly supported it in a recent postal ballot.

If approved without amendments, the bill will become law.

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If changes are successful, the bill will have to return to the Senate for approval.

"We have made sure that we have removed any element of discrimination in this bill while ensuring that religious freedoms are protected", he added.

"Australians are sick of excuses and they're sick of delays", Entsch said. Dutton said none of his allies meant to delay gay marriage until those safeguards were decided.

Marriage equality campaigners have fought for years for Thursday's vote.

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