Australia says yes to single-sex marriage

Australia says yes to single-sex marriage

Australia became the 26th country to legalize same-sex marriages.

The Parliamentary vote in Canberra follows a government survey which brought an overwhelming response from the public and a resounding vote in favour of gay marriage.

Australia became the 25th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed nearly unanimously through parliament just before 6pm local time (7am Irish time).

One week ago the Senate also passed the same-sex marriage bill.

A review into religious freedom will report in March, which could lead to further law changes.

"What a day, what a day for love, for equality, for respect", he said. "Every Australian had their say, and they said it is fair, get on with it!"

"It means that we've created an Australia that is more equitable, it's more fair, it's more just", he added. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull excitedly said it was "time for more marriages, more equality, more love".

Mr Turnbull described the enacting of the laws as a "big Australian hug for all same-sex couples". The Australia of tomorrow begins with what we do today.

Another Queensland MP who voted against the Bill, the Independent Bob Katter, said during the debate that "we have an extraordinary incidence of homosexual behaviour in Australia compared with other nations, and I think the people who have been speaking for this Bill would agree with me on that".

"We are simply Australians one and all".

"Let's be honest here, for a case like that to arise in Australia, it would require a gay couple who care more about activism than about the success of their own wedding, to find a business operator who cares more about religious doctrine than the commercial success of their own small business, and for both of them to commit to having a fight", Evans told Parliament.

The law will come into effect in the new year.

Supporters of the legislation defeated attempts to attach amendments to the bill aimed at undermining the rights of married gay couples.

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