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People are roasting Australia’s PM for taking credit for same-sex marriage

People are roasting Australia’s PM for taking credit for same-sex marriage

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull.

Legalizing same-sex marriage is on the home stretch in Australia.

Last week, the Senate successfully passed the Marriage Amendment (Definition & Religious Freedom) Bill 2017 to make marriage equality happen in Australia. It came after 61.6% of Australians agreed that the the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry in a postal survey on the issue.

Now the Bill is being debated in the Lower House after it was introduced on Monday morning by long-time marriage equality advocate, Warren Entsch.

About 77 MPs are due to deliver speeches on the Bill before it is voted, likely on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.

The first few hours of the debate have already provided some memorable moments, including amarriage proposal by Tim Wilson to his partner Ryan who was sitting the parliament’s public gallery.

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was one of the most high profile opponents of same-sex marriage. He said today that he would vote in favour of the Bill and looked forward to attending his lesbian sister’s wedding early next year.

Oh no, Malcolm

But a speech from Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had people up in arms. Social media users were angry Turnbull tried to take credit for making marriage equality happen in Australia after he approved the costly and hurtful postal survey, rather than just legislating the issue in parliament.

‘I am the first prime minister of Australia to be unequivocally and consistently in support of legalising same-sex marriage,’ Turnbull said in his speech in parliament on Monday.

Turnbull also said he would support amendments to the Bill which included ‘religious freedoms’ but many argue they further entrench discrimination against LGBTI people.

‘There is nothing in the bill which prevents anyone from maintaining or adhering to the teaching of their church on marriage or morality,’ he said.

‘But we must not fail to recognise that there is sincere heartfelt anxiety about the bill’s impact on religious freedom. And that is why I will support amendments to the bill which will provide the additional reassurance and respect of these fundamental rights and freedoms.’

At one point in his speech Turnbull brought the cats LGBTI people would own if they weren’t allowed to marry.

‘Codependency is a good thing … and gay people are better off together then living alone comforted only by their respective cats,’ he said.