Twitter explodes as same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

Trevor Jackson
December 8, 2017

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.

The marriage equality bill won massive support in the House of Representatives where almost all members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition joined by Labor and the Greens voting in favor of the bill.

In moving scenes, the entire parliament burst into song after the bill passed, belting out the lyrics to the "I Am Australian" song: "We are one, but we are many; And from all the lands on earth we come; We'll share a dream and sing with one voice; "I am, you are, we are Australian".

Following a national postal survey that indicated overwhelming approval for marriage equality, lawmakers road this momentum to draft a multilateral, cross-party bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said. "Now go out there and get married", he said.

Australia's House of Representatives backed a bill to change the definition of marriage from a union between a man and a woman to "a union of two people".

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"My wife and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary but later this year we may be getting a divorce", Jensen told a local newspaper.

Congratulations to Australia, most especially to those who fought long and hard to make this a reality! Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

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".

The house spent the day voting on amendments to the bill, none of which passed (otherwise it would have gone back to the Senate).

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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