Australia and Austria Legalized Gay Marriage

Australia could have same-sex marriage before the end of the day

"We'll share a dream and sing with one voice".

"Do we want today to be a day of unity, or do we want today to be a day of division?" .

It's a YES! A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed. "And we've seen cheers from the gallery. cheering for the erosion of religious liberty. cheering for the erosion of religious liberty".

"We've voted today for equality, for love, it's time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. "Australia has done it!"

"We thank all Australians for their support for saying yes, we thank all those who have campaigned for many years, for over 10 years, for fairness and equality".

The move comes after nearly 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country's non-binding postal ballot to endorse the law.

Australia joins about two dozen countries around the world, including Germany, which have legalized same-sex marriage.

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The law is likely to take effect in around a month, after royal assent and other formalities are completed, according to The Washington Times.

Thursday was set to be a historic day for gay marriage advocates in Australia, with same-sex marriage expected to pass in the late afternoon.

The bill changes the definition of marriage from a union between a man and a woman to "a union of two people". "Do I say, 'I now declare you husband and husband; wife and wife; legally married or spouses?'"

"This is a day for every Australian".

"This has been a tough road for LGBTI Australians, their families and friends". It was a heartwarming moment as Wilson tearfully recounted how his partner had endured the many years of the struggle for marriage equality, before asking him to marry him.

The Australian Parliament has voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

But the state parliaments will get 12 months to make the changes themselves before they are trumped by federal law.

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