Australia House of Representatives approves same-sex marriage bill

Liberal Member for North Sydney Trent Zimmerman and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra Thursday

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

The Bill passed the senate last week, before moving to the lower house on Monday.

"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.

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

The vote came after Australians voted "yes" following a two-month national same-sex marriage survey.

In addition to that, Australia has officially legalized marriage equality in the country as well. Though the bill was expected to pass into law without significant opposition, the lengthy legislative process was excruciatingly slow for the hundreds of advocates watching from the public gallery. "This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect".

"It's time that that occur and I'm proud that it will occur", Mr Bowen said. They were warned multiple times that parliamentary rules prohibit them from making noise and even applauding.

Tanya Plibersek Penny Wong and Magda Szubanski after the Same Sex Marriage Bill passed in the House of Representatives Chamber at Parliament House in Canberra
Same-sex marriage bill set to pass through House of Representatives today

Many Australians took to Twitter to post a video of their TV screens as the bill was passed - and various videos of LGBT+ Australians reacting to the news cropped up on the platform.

The Senate last week approved the bill and rejected all proposed amendments that would have increased legal protections for those who would discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds.

First, Austria's Supreme Court has changed the definition of marriage to make same-sex marriage now legal.

"It also looks like they are going to vote down the right of churches to refuse to hold same sex marriages and marriage celebrations in church halls and the like", he added.

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

"The Australian people were promised that their freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental rights would be protected in any same-sex marriage legislation, and this has not happened", he said.

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