Same Sex Marriage To Be Legalised

07 December, 2017, 09:39 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Final vote on same sex marriage bill looms

Debate on proposed amendments dragged on in the House of Representatives throughout the day, but in the end it was passed without any changes.

Both major parties had given their members a free vote on the issue.

Independent Bob Katter, and Liberals David Littleproud, Keith Pitt and Russell Broadbent were the only MPs who voted no.

The government has appointed a panel to examine how to safeguard religious freedoms once gay marriage was a reality in Australia.

"So, as it is written that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens, it is now time to heal", Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.

The Bill will be put forward to the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove for Royal Assent, which could happen at anytime up to 10 days from now.

Thousands of same-sex couples living in Australia who were married overseas will instantly have their unions recognised under the law.

An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament's debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country.

"The same-sex marriage bill will pass this week, there's no doubt in my mind about that, but we do need to have a sensible, mature discussion around where we can get those appropriate measures in place" to protect opponents' rights, Dutton told reporters.

All amendments were struck down and the bill has passed unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week. Changes suggested by the Greens were also defeated.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing a majority support for legalizing marriage equality. The amended legislation would then have to go back to the Senate for ratification.

At the moment the bill passed, there were cheers from the public gallery, and a standing ovation from those in the chamber.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looked particularly pleased, though he was criticised on Twitter, and accused of trying to take credit for this.

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