It's a YES! A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed.
As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide. The Senate had passed the same legislation last week.
Others saw it as a rare Christmas gift from the government. "It is time for more marriages, more equality, more love". "And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it".
A nonbinding postal survey found that 62 percent of Australian respondents wanted gay marriage to be legal.
Congratulations to Australia, most especially to those who fought long and hard to make this a reality!
Former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Greens and some conservatives have proposed changes, but they have already been voted down.
"My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state", he said.
Tracy Clark and her partner Justyna Greinart embrace as they gather with a crowd of people to watch a large television screen at Federation Square as it is announced that same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia with Parliament agreeing to change the Marriage Act and end the ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying on December 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing majority support for legalizing marriage equality.
"Australians have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", he had said after the result was announced.
In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".
Same-sex marriage is now recognised in more than 20 countries, of which 16 are in Europe.