Breaking News: It’s Official: Australia Says ‘Yes’ to Same-Sex Marriage

ChurchLeaders | 12/7/2017 | Staff
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Australia’s parliament voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday, December 7, 2017 following four days of debate and featuring hundreds of speakers. The vote followed a non-binding referendum sent out by mail. More than 60 percent of Australians who took part in the plebiscite voted to allow same-sex marriage. The Senate passed the legislation last week.

The marriage equality laws cleared parliament unchanged despite a push from conservative politicians for additional religious protections.

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The vote broke a string of 22 unsuccessful attempts to legalize gay marriage in Australia since 2004 when lawmakers said that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Hundreds came in person to watch the vote tally from the gallery. After the vote, many sang “I am Australian,” a well-known anthem, while lawmakers, some in tears, looked up from the house floor.

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Following the vote, Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull told the house that “Australia has done...
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