Australia Legalises Same Sex Marriage


Australia Legalises Same Sex Marriage

While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries have said they could not proceed with weddings until January due to paperwork.

"This is a day for every Australian".

Shortly after the bill was passed, the packed public gallery started singing the well-known Australian song 'I Am Australian'.

'A significant concern that millions of Australians have about these proposed changes to marriage laws is the manner in which the freedom of speech and religion is threatened'.

The former cabinet minister told parliament marriage was a "natural arrangement" between a man and a woman and pre-dated politics.

Australia's Senate had voted decisively in favour of the gay marriage Bill last week, reported the BBC. They were warned multiple times that parliamentary rules prohibit them making noise and even applauding.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to pass the legislation on Thursday, after the bill drew broad cross-party support. On Thursday night, Queensland MP Bob Katter, who went viral for his dismissal of gay marriage in light of fatal crocodile attacks, delivered a 15-minute speech declaring that same-sex marriage was not of interest of gay couples because heterosexual couples weren't getting married either.

Same-sex marriage supporters wearing colourful "Yes" T-shirts clapped and cheered as amendments were voted down, prompting repeated warnings they should stop their barracking.

Thursday's vote comes three weeks after Australia voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage as part of a national postal survey lasting two months.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month.

Linda Burney, who took leave after a family tragedy, on Tuesday gave a speech in support of gay marriage, paying tribute to her son Binni, who took his own life at the end of October.