Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

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.

Appropriating Ecclesiastes 3, Shorten said there was a season for everything: "It is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to embrace, a time to love and now, at last, a time for marriage equality".

Also in the crowd - Ian Thorpe and Christine Forster, the sister of former prime minister Tony Abbott.

One of those who voted against the legislation, Queensland MP Keith Pitt, said he did not support the Bill because "I believe it does not adequately address the concerns of many in my electorate around religious freedoms, parental choice and the right for parents to raise their children as they see fit".

The historic reforms will commence on Saturday, when same-sex couples can a lodge a notice to marry.

As Australia edges closer to the end of its journey towards same-sex marriage, changes, including a new title, are tipped to make its way to Aussie weddings.

"We came, we saw, and love finally conquered", co-chair of the Equality Campaign Alex Greenwich told reporters. The Bill was opposed by only four members. More than 12 million people participated. Under the existing marriage act, civil celebrants must ensure the couple who are getting married utter the sentence, "I call upon the persons here present to witness that I, (insert name here), take thee, (insert their name here), to be my lawful wedded wife (or husband)".

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Abbott and other conservatives proposed amendments to the bill to include further religious protections, all of which were voted down.

Lawmaker spent 55 hours across both houses in speeches and debate. Leading "no" campaigner Lyle Shelton said it was "deeply disappointing" day.

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.

MPs have voted in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.

Onlookers in the packed public gallery hugged, cheered loudly and started applauding and waving their rainbow flags.

One highly anticipated wedding will be the Liberal Party's Tim Wilson, who proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger while speaking on gay marriage on the floor of the House earlier this week.

The reason being because to do so would, effectively, lead to a legally recognised same-sex marriage.

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