Australia’s Parliament Has Voted To Allow Same-sex Marriages

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

Australia’s Parliament Has Voted To Allow Same-sex Marriages

The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to change the definition of marriage from solely between a man and a woman to “a union of two people” excluding all others. The legislation passed with a majority that wasn’t challenged, although five lawmakers registered their opposition to the bill.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12. After royal assent and other formalities, according to news the law will likely take effect in about a month, with the first weddings expected about a month later.

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