Australia Parliament Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Australia Parliament Passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill

As the Senate has already passed the bill, all that needs to happen now for same-sex marriage to be well and truly legal is to have the Governor-General ratify the bill.

While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries have said they could not proceed with weddings until January due to paperwork.

"We must not fail to recognize that there is honest, heartfelt anxiety about the bill's impact on religious freedom", Turnbull said.

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.

"Let's do it, let's finalise the deal right now!" he said, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

"I don't support discrimination; I don't want to see a situation also though where people don't have the ability to express their own views", Dutton said. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

'One of the last conversations I had with him, he just said to me: 'Hendo, just bloody well get on with it, OK?' I say to my dear beloved friend who I miss dearly: JP, that's what we are doing'.

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"This Parliament, when we passed the marriage equality law, is not a gift from us to LGBTIQ Australians, equality is never a gift to be given".

"This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

The Senate voted decisively in favour of the legislation last week.

In the lead-up to the final vote, including today, politicians made over 100 speeches totalling 21 hours on same-sex marriage, as MPs debated the bill and its amendments, pertaining to issues like religious freedom and freedom of speech.

Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down.