World Australia lawmakers approve same-sex marriage

11:06  07 december  2017
11:06  07 december  2017 Source:   AFP

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The legislation was backed by 393 lawmakers , while 226 voted against and four abstained. Same - sex couples in Germany were previously

Australia 's Bureau of Statistics reported that 61.6 percent approved of legalizing same - sex marriage and 38.4 percent opposed. The results of the postal survey, not legally binding, propels the issue to national lawmakers for final consideration of changing Australia 's laws on marriage .

Same-sex marriage campaigners cheer in front of Australia's parliament ahead of the vote © Provided by AFP Same-sex marriage campaigners cheer in front of Australia's parliament ahead of the vote

Gay couples will be able to legally marry in Australia after a same-sex marriage bill sailed through parliament Thursday, ending decades of political wrangling.

There were loud cheers, hugs and sustained clapping in the 150-seat lower House of Representatives when all but four MPs voted in support of marriage equality, after the upper house Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week.

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect! Australia has done it," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the House.

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"Every Australian had their say and they said it is fair, get on with it!"

The historic reforms will commence on Saturday, when same-sex couples can a lodge a notice to marry. They will then have to wait a month before tying the knot.

Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten hailed the passing of the bill as a uniting moment for Australia, adding: "Now is the time for healing".

"A time to build, a time to love, and is now at last a time for marriage equality," he said.

Same-sex marriage campaigners converged outside parliament in the nation's capital Canberra to celebrate the historic occasion, which sees Australia join more than 20 other countries in recognising such unions.

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

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CANBERRA, Australia — Australians have endorsed same - sex marriage in a nonbinding national vote, delivering a win for the country’s conservative leader that may yet come at the cost of a rebellion by right-wing lawmakers in his coalition.

Australia lawmakers approve same - sex marriage . Tweet. © AFP | Same - sex marriage campaigners cheer in front of Australia 's parliament ahead of the vote.

Nearly 80 percent of eligible voters took part in the poll, and almost 62 percent of the 12.7 million people who participated chose "yes" on their postal ballots.

The ballot had been called by Turnbull, a moderate who backed gay marriage, in the face of opposition from hardliners who refused to back a national plebiscite on the issue.

It was opposed by proponents of same-sex marriage, who wanted direct legislative action and argued a poll would expose gay people and their families to hate speech.

Just under five million people voted "no", with conservative politicians using their rejection of gay marriage as a catalyst to push for religious exemptions to be included in the bill.

But after lengthy debate, both houses of parliament knocked back amendments to the bill, including from former prime minister and staunch "no" campaigner Tony Abbott, on religious freedom.

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