Twitter explodes as same-sex marriage legalised in Australia

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage campaigners and volunteers cheer as they call on politicians to pass marriage equality legislation during rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

On Facebook, Chrisetnsen lamented that the House "voted to not allow civil celebrants - even those who are pastors - to exempt themselves from having to perform marriages for same sex couples".

Russell Broadbent, Keith Pitt, David Littleproud, and Bob Katter were the only MPs to vote against the bill.

The Senate has already passed the bill without amendments and the House of Representatives is expected to do the same later today.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull excitedly said it was "time for more marriages, more equality, more love".

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

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More specifically, the Austrian Supreme Court ruled to change the current definition of marriage, which states it can only be between "different sex" partners, to switch in a definition that doesn't mention sex or gender. In the Senate, voting on this bill took place a week earlier.

The LNP has sold us out and I will go to The Australian Conservative Party.

"Some individuals who entered into marriage in their previous sex or gender are faced with a choice between divorcing their spouse in order to obtain records reflecting their gender identity, or not having these records", the bill's explanatory memorandum notes. "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law". According to a survey, 62% of Australians supported the legalization of same-sex marriages.

Marriage equality supporters in the parliament's public gallery sang the chorus of the Seekers song I Am Australian - "We'll share a dream and sing with one voice, I am, you are, we are Australian" - after the vote passed.

"My wife and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary but later this year we may be getting a divorce", Jensen told a local newspaper. Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters took part in the two-month survey.

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