Australia’s Parliament today voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making it the 26th nation where same-sex couples can legally wed.
The vote came after a national postal survey where Australians overwhelmingly voiced their support for marriage equality.
It was also notable for passing without any homophobic amendments from more conservative lawmakers, including discriminatory “protections” for religious freedoms.
After four days of debate — and after Senators had already approved the bill — the House of Representatives passed marriage equality. Of the 148 Members of Parliament, 136 voted in favor. It now awaits royal assent before officially becoming law.
— Political Alert (@political_alert) December 7, 2017
“What a day for love, for equality, for respect. Australia has done it,” said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “This is Australia, fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect. For every one of us this is a great day.”
Alex Greenwich, co-convener of Australian Marriage Equality, said: “Marriage equality is finally the law of the land and we are so proud of Australia, we are so proud of the LGBTQI community, we are so proud of our Parliament for bringing together people across the political aisle, making people happy and doing something amazing.”
After it was announced that the marriage equality bill had succeeded, the Parliament erupted in celebration, with some present waving a large rainbow flag. The Parliament’s public gallery then began a chorus of “I Am Australian,” a popular anthem in the country.
— ABC News (@abcnews) December 7, 2017
There was widespread joy on social media after it was announced that Parliament had voted in favor of equality.
2005: 🇪🇸, 🇨🇦
2009: 🇳🇴, 🇸🇪
2010: 🇵🇹, 🇮🇸, 🇦🇷
2013: 🇬🇧, 🇧🇷, 🇫🇷, 🇺🇾, 🇳🇿
2015: 🇺🇸, 🇮🇪, 🇱🇺
Earlier this year: 🇩🇪, 🇫🇮, 🇲🇹, 🇦🇹
— Raymond Braun 🏳️🌈 (@raymondbraun) December 7, 2017
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) December 7, 2017
Today is a momentous day. #MarriageEquality has passed through Parliament, ensuring marriage equality for all.
We believe we can’t be a city for all people unless all people are treated equally. We’re glad everyone in our community is now free to marry the person they love. pic.twitter.com/WHlNYBVuBf
— City of Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) December 7, 2017
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 7, 2017
— The Sims (@TheSims) December 7, 2017
— Mark McGowan (@MarkMcGowanMP) December 7, 2017
And for an emotional final message, here’s Australian journalist David Marr appearing on The Drum:
— ABC The Drum (@ABCthedrum) December 7, 2017
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