Australia legalises same-sex marriage with landslide vote

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Warren Entsch, a long-term advocate of marriage equality within the conservative government, helped draft the bill and was the first to speak for it in the House on Monday. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.

Many supporters of the Bill travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome of the parliamentary process.

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

The final amendment to the bill was defeated by 63-79 in the House of Representatives. "Equality isn't in our legal birthright of every Australian and this equality is long overdue", said Mr Shorten.

Activists have praised the passage of this bill as a historical landmark and a symbol of the progress made by Australia's LGBT community.

Among them was Christine Forster, the gay sister of Tony Abbott, the former Australian Prime Minister who has always been seen as the face of the "no" campaign.

Applause reportedly rang out in the viewing gallery when the bill was passed.

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The next day, Liberal MP Andrew Wallace, who is a devout Catholic, shared with his colleagues how his gay daughter helped change his position on same-sex marriage.

Turnbull told Parliament that while nothing in the bill threatened religious freedoms, he wanted more reassurances for the millions of Australians who oppose marriage equality.

The law will come into effect in the new year.

One week ago the Senate also passed the same-sex marriage bill.

In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".

Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws. In November the results of a forced but not binding postal plebiscite of Australians found over 60 percent support the right of same-sex couples to marry.

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