Following the announcement of the public postal vote on marriage equality, a bill passed today in the Australia Parliament ushered same-sex marriage into law.
Dozens in the Parliament’s public gallery witnessed this historic moment. Their response was to spontaneously break into a rendition of the traditional song, I Am Australian. A celebratory round of applause followed.
The emotional moment was posted by ABC News to Twitter – check it out below.
— ABC News (@abcnews) December 7, 2017
Australia Parliament passes marriage equality
Today’s vote in parliament came after an unprecedented, non-binding postal survey that asked eligible Australian voters if they agreed the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry. It was revealed on 15 November that Australians voted 61.6% in favor of changing the law.
The Bill was first introduced in Australian Senate where it was passed after a long debate and passed to the Lower House.
The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 passed late on Thursday afternoon. Only four MPs voted against the Bill to legalize same-sex marriage.
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.
Australian same-sex couples could start getting married a month from when Royal Assent happens. Australian law requires couples to give one month’s notice of an intention to marry.