Australian parliament approves same-sex marriage

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 7, 2017

This is the time frame more than 100 MPs had to share their thoughts on same-sex marriage in a speech to Queensland Parliament.

Not all speeches backed gay marriage, however.

Australia's parliament voted to legalize same-sex marriage Thursday after years of political jockeying and fierce public debate.

The Senate voted decisively in favour of the legislation last week.

But several lawmakers including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to persist with amendments rejected by the Senate.

Amendments made by conservatives to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill are said to be defeated with leader of the house, Christopher Pyne, stating he will oppose them.

Mr Abbott said he moved the amendment "out of respect for the millions of Australians who take religious freedom seriously".

"We must not fail to recognize that there is honest, heartfelt anxiety about the bill's impact on religious freedom", Turnbull said. "The question though is we need to get the balances right in terms of the protections of those people who have fundamental beliefs based on religion or otherwise", he added.

Entsch said related amendments to bolster freedoms of speech and education rights could be debated in a separate bill next year and should not be sued to delay the reform.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 per cent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

"Australians are sick of excuses and they're sick of delays", Entsch said. Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters took part in the two-month survey.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

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