Australia Legalises Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Parliamentary Vote

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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.

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

The house spent the day voting on amendments to the bill, none of which passed (otherwise it would have gone back to the Senate).

More than 100 MPs have delivered speeches on the issue this week and most support a change to the definition of marriage.

The Bill was opposed by only four members.

MPs have voted in favour of making same-sex marriage legal.

Congratulations to Australia, most especially to those who fought long and hard to make this a reality!

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a long-time supporter of same-sex marriage was ecstatic and said this was a key moment in Australian social reform.

"This is a day for every Australian". He turned to the public gallery, where Bolger was sitting.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from exclusively between a man and a man to "a union of two people".

"In one of the last conversations I had with him he just said to me 'Hendo, just bloody well get on with it ok?'."

Under political pressure to find a solution, the ruling Liberal National Coalition government announced the non-compulsory survey in August, saying if the result was "yes" they would allow a free vote in Parliament.

Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the poll, and almost 62pc of the 12.7 million people who participated chose "yes" on their ballots. With a 28-day notice period to get married, it will be late January before Australia sees its first same-sex marriage under federal legislation.