Twitter explodes as same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

Australia's Prime Minster signals support for amendments protecting religious freedom in same-sex marriage bill

The Australian Parliament on Thursday voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation.

As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide.

The final amendment to the bill was defeated by 63-79 in the House of Representatives. "Marriage equality is finally the law of the land and it's time to start celebrating".

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".

Many supporters of the Bill travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome of the parliamentary process.

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.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull excitedly said it was "time for more marriages, more equality, more love".


"My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state", he said.

"We've voted today for equality, for love, it's time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect", he continued.

First, Austria's Supreme Court has changed the definition of marriage to make same-sex marriage now legal.

Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage. It was a long and painful debate - special shout outs to Bob Katter, Tony Abbott and Craig Kelly, who had a lot to say about the amendments - but ultimately they were all shot down.

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

The ACT government, meanwhile, has promised to waive the marriage certificate fees for around 80 couples who were married when the territory briefly legalised same-sex marriage in 2013.

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