Australia and Austria Legalized Gay Marriage

08 December, 2017, 02:07 | Author: Salvatore Jensen
  • Marchers hold signs and banners as they participate in a marriage equality march in central Sydney Australia

Australia became the 25th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed nearly unanimously through parliament just before 6pm local time (7am Irish time).

There were 154 votes in favour and four votes against.

In a historic move, the same-sex marriage bill was passed through the House of Representatives.

"What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

Appropriating Ecclesiastes 3, Shorten said there was a season for everything: "It is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to embrace, a time to love and now, at last, a time for marriage equality".

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation. As the U.S. Supreme Court debates a free speech refusal to take part in a same-sex wedding, this rejection of dissent bodes ill for religious freedom and free association down under.

This is by no means the end of the fight for LGBTQIA rights in Australia, but it's one of the biggest leaps forward we've seen in our lifetime.




Just last month, Australians overwhelmingly voted via a nationwide poll to make marriage equality a law in their country.

"This is Australia - fair, diverse and filled with respect".

Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws. "This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

The first wedding is likely to be held in February next year.

It was opposed by proponents of same-sex marriage, who wanted direct legislative action and argued a poll would expose gay people and their families to hate speech.

The Australian Parliament has voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.

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