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Celebrities react to Australia legalizing same-sex marriage

Congratulations Australia!

Celebrities react to Australia legalizing same-sex marriage
Kylie Minogue and others celebrate Australia voting yes (Kylie Minogue | Twitter)

The Australian parliament finally just approved a bill for same-sex marriage.

MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017.

Only five MPs voted against the Bill.

It come about after a lengthy non-binding voluntary postal vote where Australians voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality. 61.6% of Australians voted to change the law so same-sex couples can marry.

And now celebrities are throwing their voices into the mix and congratulating our favorite land down under.

Pop princess, Kylie Minogue

Aussie Drag Race star, Courtney Act

Director, Dustin Lance-Black

Pop diva, Ricki-Lee Coulter

Animal rights activist, Bindi Irwin

Rugby league player, Casey Conway

Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe

Music artist, Darren Hayes

Video game, The Sims

What happens now?

Some laws come into effect as soon as the Governor-General signs the bill. Usually, this happens seven to 10 working days from parliament approves it.

But this bill in particular has a special provision. Commencement of the law will be on ‘a single day to be fixed by proclamation’ or 28 days after Royal Assent.

MPs join onlookers in song at the Auustralia Parliament today

MPs join onlookers in song at the Australia Parliament today (Photo: @abcnews | Twitter)

This means the government must set a date, or it will just become law 28 days after the Governor-General signs it.

Same-sex couples will then have to give one month’s notice. So we’ll likely see same-sex weddings around mid-February in Australia.

WATCH: Public gallery of Australian Parliament breaks into song as marriage equality is passed


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