Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Jerome Frank
Декабря 8, 2017

Thirty-one couples, including Dublin man Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow, got married in the five days before the federal government overturned and annulled all the gay marriages carried out in that time.

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull excitedly said it was "time for more marriages, more equality, more love".

The House vote took place on the last sitting day of parliament for the year, with more than 100 MPs speaking on the bill this week.

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.

Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades. 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.

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"These amendments are important and I stress they are not against same-sex marriage, they are simply in favor of the rights of religious organizations to keep doing what they're doing", Abbott said.

The law will come into effect in the new year.

Turnbull told Parliament that while nothing in the bill threatened religious freedoms, he wanted more reassurances for the millions of Australians who oppose marriage equality.

The Australian House of Representatives has approved a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage. With a 28-day notice period to get married, it will be late January before Australia sees its first same-sex marriage under federal legislation.

Liberal MP Tim Wilson has just proposed to his long-time partner, Ryan, during the same-sex marriage debate in Parliament.

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