Australian Parliament says yes to same-sex marriage in landslide vote
- Author: Rogelio Becker Dec 08, 2017,
Dec 08, 2017, 1:32
And though many were upset by how long it took for the LGBT+ population to be served equal rights, a feeling of relief was palpable across the site.
"The government is accountable in question time and so is the opposition so we will all be accountable in question time today as we are every day that parliament sits".
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull excitedly said it was "time for more marriages, more equality, more love".
The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.
At a press conference after the vote, the Equality Campaign co-chair, Alex Greenwich, said: "We came, we saw and love finally conquered".
Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades.
While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries say they would not have the paperwork to proceed with weddings until January.
"The bill which the Senate passed is a robust bill, a whole range of religious protections are already in place", Entsch said in introducing the bill.
"A promise was made by the leaders of this parliament and this promise has not been adequately delivered on", Mr Abbott said.
The next day, Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, who is a devout Catholic, shared with his colleagues how his gay daughter helped change his position on same-sex marriage.
"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.
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.
Thursday's vote comes three weeks after the Australian public voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage as part of a national postal survey lasting two months.
Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage.