Australia legalizes same-sex marriage

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"Australia has done it", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a speech following the vote.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

Australia's House of Representatives overnight passed its same-sex marriage bill in a massive landslide vote, with just four Members of Parliament out of 150 voting no.

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Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws. With a 28-day notice period to get married, it will be late January before Australia sees its first same-sex marriage under federal legislation.

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

Here are some facts about same-sex marriage around the world: * Same-sex marriage is legal in 26 nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greenland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Uruguay, United States. Thirty-one couples, including Dublin man Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow, got married in the five days before the federal government overturned and annulled all the gay marriages carried out in that time.

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"The House of Representatives has passed the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017", tweeted the Australian House of Representatives.

Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the poll, and almost 62 per cent of the 12.7 million people who participated chose "yes" on their postal ballots. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering. He even wore a pair of rainbow socks to the Parliament.

MPs have paid tribute to Entsch over the pass few weeks for his efforts, with the veteran Liberal MP speaking passionately about his "very lonely" journey in support of equal rights on the conservative side of politics.

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"Existing civil celebrants can also refuse to officiate at gay weddings, but celebrants registered after gay marriage becomes law would not be exempt from the anti-discrimination laws".

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