Australia House of Representatives approves same-sex marriage bill

08 Décembre, 2017, 00:55 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt

Australia became the 25th country in the world to legalise same-sex marriage after a Bill to do so was passed nearly unanimously through parliament just before 6pm local time (7am Irish time).

Labour Opposition Leader Bill Shorten hailed the passing of the bill as a uniting moment for Australia, adding: "Now is the time for healing. Marriage equalityis finally the law of the land".

"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".

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.

While the votes were not immediately tallied, in the House of Representatives, it was clear that 130 to 140 members of parliament voted "yes", according to the Herald.

One of those who voted against the legislation, Queensland MP Keith Pitt, said he did not support the Bill because "I believe it does not adequately address the concerns of many in my electorate around religious freedoms, parental choice and the right for parents to raise their children as they see fit".

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The bill cleared the upper house last month and had been expected to pass on Thursday after Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition government and the main opposition Labor Party had previously said they wanted to pass it by December 7. The 500 or so people in the gallery were vocal in their disapproval of the amendments.

Australians had overwhelmingly endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage in a postal survey run by the national statistics agency.

November's mail-in referendum, while technically non-binding, was approved by 62 percent of the 80 percent of registered voters who cast ballots, ensuring that the parliament would take up the measure.

"This bill will take from no-one; it simply makes our nation a kinder and a fairer place", Entsch told parliament this week.

Almost eight out of 10 eligible voters participated in the survey, according to the government. The first same-sex marriages in the country will take place on January 9.

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