Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Same Sex Marriage Has Passed The Final Vote!

Same Sex Marriage Has Passed The Final Vote!

Thursday was set to be a historic day for gay marriage advocates in Australia, with same-sex marriage expected to pass in the late afternoon.

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

Only four MPs in the lower house voted against a private bill on Thursday, just over a week after it was agreed to by the Senate.

The Bill will be put forward to the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove for Royal Assent, which could happen at anytime up to 10 days from now.

All amendments were struck down and the bill has passed unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week.

"That is why I will support several amendments to the bill which will provide that additional reassurance in respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms", he added.

'A significant concern that millions of Australians have about these proposed changes to marriage laws is the manner in which the freedom of speech and religion is threatened'.

The votes were not counted because the majority wasn't questioned.

The former cabinet minister told parliament marriage was a "natural arrangement" between a man and a woman and pre-dated politics.

After the longest campaign, we're finally there: the marriage equality bill has been passed by both houses of Parliament, and will soon become law across the country.

The House of Representatives is holding its final two-week session of the year, which is giving priority to lifting the ban on same-sex marriage in Australia. "Australia has done it", a beaming Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

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

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation. Liberal Party member Sarah Henderson teared up as she spoke about her friend gay friend John Parker, who died months earlier and was waiting for the Marriage Act to change.

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