Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Australia same-sex marriage: MP proposes to beau in Parliament

Australia same-sex marriage: MP proposes to beau in Parliament

In moving scenes, the entire parliament burst into song after the bill passed, belting out the lyrics to the "I Am Australian" song: "We are one, but we are many; And from all the lands on earth we come; We'll share a dream and sing with one voice; "I am, you are, we are Australian".

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged lawmakers to approve the marriage bill by Christmas.

The Jensens first said they'd get divorced if same-sex couples could get married back in 2015. "Equality isn't in our legal birthright of every Australian and this equality is long overdue", said Mr Shorten.

Marriage equality campaigners have fought for years for Thursday's vote.

Its passage was further delayed through numerous attempts by conservatives to add amendments for religious protections from the law, but they all failed and the Bill passed unamended.

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While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries say they would not have the paperwork to proceed with weddings until January. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering. About a dozen, including former anti-gay prime minister Tony Abbott, abstained from voting, The Guardian reports.

The next day, Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, who is a devout Catholic, shared with his colleagues how his gay daughter helped change his position on same-sex marriage.

The Marriage Amendment bill, if passed, will change the Marriage Act to legalise same-sex marriage.

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

About 12.7 million people participated in the survey, which had a response rate of almost 80% - which is considered very high. In November the results of a forced but not binding postal plebiscite of Australians found over 60 percent support the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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