Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

"... It is time for more marriages". Three-quarters of Australians, or nearly 12 million people (74.5% of the country's eligible voters), gave a resounding "yes" to the survey, and it prompted the Australian government to begin debating the issue in Parliament.

However, before the final reading of the bill, there was a disagreement with a number of members of parliament dividing on the topic.

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said.

Many Australians took to Twitter to post a video of their TV screens as the bill was passed - and various videos of LGBT+ Australians reacting to the news cropped up on the platform. "They've effectively ensured a lot of people who would otherwise vote for legislation to allow same sex marriage can no longer vote that way, myself included".

Among them was Christine Forster, the gay sister of Tony Abbott, the former Australian Prime Minister who has always been seen as the face of the "no" campaign.

"The bill which the Senate passed is a robust bill, a whole range of religious protections are already in place", Entsch said in introducing the bill.

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Forster was joined in the public gallery by her partner, Virginia Edwards. About a dozen, including former anti-gay prime minister Tony Abbott, abstained from voting, The Guardian reports.

"It's time that that occur and I'm proud that it will occur", Mr Bowen said.

Tracy Clark and her partner Justyna Greinart embrace as they gather with a crowd of people to watch a large television screen at Federation Square as it is announced that same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia with Parliament agreeing to change the Marriage Act and end the ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying on December 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws.

The Governor General has signed the law to legalise same-sex marriage this morning, completing the legal process and formally changing the Marriage Act.

About 12.7 million people participated in the survey, which had a response rate of almost 80% - which is considered very high.

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