Marriage Equality Is Finally Real And Legal In Australia

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

An Australian parliamentary vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage is imminent after MPs reached the final stages of debate on a historic bill.

"A promise was made by the leaders of this parliament and this promise has not been adequately delivered on", Mr Abbott said.

Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down.

After a 13 year battle and a hurtful postal survey on the issue, marriage equality is now completely legal in Australia.

"When this law is passed, we should declare we are no longer a nation of people who voted no, or people who voted yes - we are simply Australians one and all", he said.

Many parliamentarians bared their personal history and pains in the lower house.

"Fair, diverse, loving and filled for respect for everyone", said an effusive Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as he introduced the bill for a final vote.

Turnbull told Parliament that while nothing in the bill threatened religious freedoms, he wanted more reassurances for the millions of Australians who oppose marriage equality.

Warren Entsch, a long-term advocate of marriage equality within the conservative government, helped draft the bill and was the first to speak for it in the House on Monday.

Liberal MPs Jason Falinski and Trent Zimmerman gave their support to the bill.

"We have made sure that we have removed any element of discrimination in this bill while ensuring that religious freedoms are protected", he added. "Australia has done it", he said. Liberal Party member Sarah Henderson teared up as she spoke about her friend gay friend John Parker, who died months earlier and was waiting for the Marriage Act to change.

Not all speeches backed gay marriage, however.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

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