Same-sex marriage signed into law by the Governor General

Australia could have same-sex marriage before the end of the day
Australia could have same-sex marriage before the end of the day

08 December, 2017

"A time to build, a time to love, and is now at last a time for marriage equality", he said.

In a particularly poignant moment, the ministers on the House floor and guests in the gallery began singing "I am, you are, we are Australian".

The final amendment to the bill was defeated by 63-79 in the House of Representatives.

"In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we can not ask", an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament previous year.

"This is a day for every Australian".

Activists have praised the passage of this bill as a historical landmark and a symbol of the progress made by Australia's LGBT community. "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law". Abbott reportedly criticised Turnbull and Labor leader Bill Shorten for supposedly failing to support stronger religious protections in the bill as debate was underway.

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"My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state", he said.

The law will come into effect in the new year.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from exclusively between a man and a man to "a union of two people".

When the Attorney-General ratifies the law, same-sex marriage will finally be legal.

Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP who proposed to his long-term partner Ryan during a speech in parliament earlier this week, said "there is no day that I am more proud to be Australian than today". More than 12 million people participated.

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.

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