Australian opposition leader Bill Shorten Monday (1 June) introduced legislation to legalize gay marriage.
The private member's bill would replace the words 'man and woman' with 'two people.'
'It is time. The right time to make marriage equality a reality,' the Labor party leader told the lower house.
Shorten said his legislation sent the following message to young LGBTI Australians, two out of five, he noted, have thought about self-harm or suicide: 'We are proud of you, for who you are. You belong.'