Australia House of Representatives approves same-sex marriage bill

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Same-sex marriage will now be legal across Australia after the country's Parliament voted to allow it.

As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide.

After the bill passed the Senate last week, House proceedings kicked off with fireworks Monday when Liberal MP Tim Wilson surprised his colleagues by proposing to his longtime partner Ryan Bolger. It was a heartwarming moment as Wilson tearfully recounted how his partner had endured the many years of the struggle for marriage equality, before asking him to marry him. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift. According to a survey, 62% of Australians supported the legalization of same-sex marriages.

"It's a historic day for Australia today and I think the celebrations around the country when we finally ... achieve marriage equality are going to be vast", Greens party senator Janet Rice said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull urged lawmakers to approve the marriage bill by Christmas.

The bill was introduced in parliament by the conservative government after Australians last month endorsed the reforms in a controversial voluntary postal vote.

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Members of the LGBT community fought for the equality of marriage in Australia for decades.

At a press conference after the vote, the Equality Campaign co-chair, Alex Greenwich, said: "We came, we saw and love finally conquered".

The Australian House of Representatives has approved a bill that would extend marriage rights to same-sex couples.

New same-sex weddings will not happen in Australia until the second week of January because same-sex couples will still need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, which must be completed a month before the wedding.

Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage.

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