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

Dec 08, 2017, 01:35
Australia same-sex marriage: MP proposes to beau in Parliament

In the Canberra parliament's final session of the year on Thursday, lawmakers engaged in a lengthy debate as several amendments put forward by opponents of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage were voted down.

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

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

Others saw it as a rare Christmas gift from the government.

More specifically, the Austrian Supreme Court ruled to change the current definition of marriage, which states it can only be between "different sex" partners, to switch in a definition that doesn't mention sex or gender.

"Thank you Australia", wrote Alex Greenwich, a gay member of the New South Wales Parliament, after the vote.

The vote came after Australians voted "yes" following a two-month national same-sex marriage survey. This means couples who don't want to be referred as "husband and wife" may be able to take their partner as they lawful wedded spouse. "This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian". Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

The Senate has already passed the bill without amendments and the House of Representatives is expected to do the same later today.

"Love has won, and it's time to pop the bubbly", Greens MP and same-sex marriage supporter Adam Bandt said.

"Australians have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", he had said after the result was announced.

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

In addition to that, Australia has officially legalized marriage equality in the country as well.

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