Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Markets | By Josh Butler

Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote

Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote

The Australian Parliament on Thursday voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation.

The first major hurdle to a change in policy was overcome on November 15 when more than 60 per cent of Australians voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a voluntary ballot.

"What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

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

Additionally, the passing of the same-sex marriage law will be a strategic political win for Turnbull, who has been strongly opposed by his predecessor Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of conventional marriage.

Same-sex marriage campaigner Alex Greenwich and Magda Szubanski dance outside Parliament House.

"I am, you are, we are Australian".

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"We've voted today for equality, for love, it's time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect", he continued.

The vote came after Australians voted "yes" following a two-month national same-sex marriage survey.

The law is likely to take effect in around a month, after royal assent and other formalities are completed, according to The Washington Times.

If any of the amendments were successful, the Bill would have to go back to the Senate.

"We thank all Australians for their support for saying yes, we thank all those who have campaigned for many years, for over 10 years, for fairness and equality".

About 12.7 million people participated in the survey, which had a response rate of almost 80% - which is considered very high. They also approved the bill.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

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