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Australia celebrates'day for love as it allows same-sex marriage

Australia celebrates'day for love as it allows same-sex marriage

From heartfelt to bizarrely offensive, the debates to allow same-sex marriage couples to marry became emotionally charged ahead of the final vote on same-sex marriage on December 7.

Another Queensland MP who voted against the Bill, the Independent Bob Katter, said during the debate that "we have an extraordinary incidence of homosexual behaviour in Australia compared with other nations, and I think the people who have been speaking for this Bill would agree with me on that". Thirty-one couples, including Dublin man Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow, got married in the five days before the federal government overturned and annulled all the gay marriages carried out in that time.

"It is a big Australian hug for all same-sex couples", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Channel Nine on Friday morning, in a string of media interviews.

The first legal same-sex weddings in Australia could happen about January 8, 2018.

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

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

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"It is now part of Australian law", an elated Mr Turnbull said.

"We thank all Australians for their support for saying yes, we thank all those who have campaigned for many years, for over 10 years, for fairness and equality".

The House vote took place on the last sitting day of parliament for the year, with more than 100 MPs speaking on the bill this week.

About 12.7 million people participated in the survey, which had a response rate of almost 80% - which is considered very high.

Supporters of same-sex marriage gathered outside Parliament House and packed the public gallery in anticipation of the legislation going through.

Same-sex marriage is now recognised in more than 20 countries, of which 16 are in Europe.

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