Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Posted December 08, 2017

It was a heartwarming moment as Wilson tearfully recounted how his partner had endured the many years of the struggle for marriage equality, before asking him to marry him. "And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it".

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect!"

The Bill passed the senate last week, before moving to the lower house on Monday.

"In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we can not ask", an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament a year ago.

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Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades.

"It is now part of Australian law", an elated Mr Turnbull said.

"The bill which the Senate passed is a robust bill, a whole range of religious protections are already in place", Entsch said in introducing the bill. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

There have been two new announcements concerning gay marriage in just the past two or three days.

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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.

As opposed to a union between a man and a woman, the same-sex marriage bill recognises marriage as simply "a union between two people".

"This Parliament, when we passed the marriage equality law, is not a gift from us to LGBTIQ Australians, equality is never a gift to be given".

The Governor General has signed the law to legalise same-sex marriage this morning, completing the legal process and formally changing the Marriage Act.

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SIR Robert Gordon Menzies would have hung his head in shame at the abuse of our parliament when one LNP politician proposed marriage to his male partner during the debate on same-sex marriage.