Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Australia Passes Marriage Equality in Landslide Vote

Australia Passes Marriage Equality in Landslide Vote

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who was in attendance, told the MPs that "Australia has done it - every Australian had their say, and they said "it's fair, get on with it". The Senate had already passed its own version of the bill the week prior.

Out of 150 MP's, only 4 voted against the marriage equality bill.

An Australian Christian couple that vowed to get divorced if the country voted to legalize same-sex marriage is now backing down from their threat.

Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws.

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Appropriating Ecclesiastes 3, Shorten said there was a season for everything: "It is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to embrace, a time to love and now, at last, a time for marriage equality".

"What a day! What a day for love, for equality, for respect!"

Abbott and other conservatives proposed amendments to the bill to include further religious protections, all of which were voted down.

"These amendments, rather, are a shield for people and organizations that hold to a traditional view of marriage". Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

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Several parliamentarians who supported the changes wore rainbow-coloured socks or ties, including Warren Entsch, described in local media as a "fiercely heterosexual... crocodile-farming, bull-catching Liberal".

Under political pressure to find a solution, the ruling Liberal National Coalition government announced the non-compulsory survey in August, saying if the result was "yes" they would allow a free vote in Parliament.

The House of Representatives along with the Senate voted in favour of the law that will change the existing definition of marriage in Australia.

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

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Five lawmakers have registered their opposition to Australia's bill allowing same-sex marriage across the nation.

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