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Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote

Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote”

It was a heartwarming moment as Wilson tearfully recounted how his partner had endured the many years of the struggle for marriage equality, before asking him to marry him.

Australia is now the 26th country in which same-sex marriage is legal, joining the likes of South Africa and the US.

The attorney general, George Brandis, said marriage equality will be the "imperishable legacy" of this government under prime minister Malcolm Turnbull. The major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian's endorsed change in a postal ballot last month.

That said, the Senate voted in favor of legalizing it just after a few hours of debate and nearly unanimously with only four members opposing the bill. This means couples who don't want to be referred as "husband and wife" may be able to take their partner as they lawful wedded spouse.

Its passage was further delayed through numerous attempts by conservatives to add amendments for religious protections from the law, but they all failed and the Bill passed unamended. He turned to the public gallery, where Bolger was sitting. About a dozen, including former anti-gay prime minister Tony Abbott, abstained from voting, The Guardian reports.

The law will come into effect in the new year.

In addition to that, Australia has officially legalized marriage equality in the country as well.

"It's a historic day for Australia today and I think the celebrations around the country when we finally ... achieve marriage equality are going to be huge", Greens party senator Janet Rice said.

As opposed to a union between a man and a woman, the same-sex marriage bill recognises marriage as simply "a union between two people".

Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage.



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