Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Australian approves Same-sex Marriage

Division in House of Representatives paints a lonely Division in House of Representatives paints a lonely
Kenneth Drake | 08 December, 2017, 02:07

If the House of Representatives supported such an amendment, then the altered bill would have to return to the Senate for ratification, delaying the reform.

"What a day for equality, for love and respect", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after the decision was delivered. Only four voted no.

SIR Robert Gordon Menzies would have hung his head in shame at the abuse of our parliament when one LNP politician proposed marriage to his male partner during the debate on same-sex marriage.

"And I say to JP, my dear, beloved friend who I miss so dearly: JP, that's what we are doing". Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters took part in the two-month survey.

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

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

A short time later, he tweeted: "Out of respect for the millions of Australians who take religious freedom seriously, I moved my amendment, out of respect for the millions who want the SSM bill swiftly passed I chose not to divide on it".


Opponents of the changes argued they would legalize discrimination against the gay community. Actually making the legal change still rested on the legislative branch.

Five lawmakers have registered their opposition to Australia's bill allowing same-sex marriage across the nation.

"She said: Dad, in the years to come, my generation will look back and judge your generation about how you deal with the issue of homosexuality in the same way that your generation considered your parents' generation in the way that they dealt with our indigenous people", Wallace said.

On Wednesday night, Government MP Sarah Henderson gave an emotional speech and said it "means very much to my own family, this change in the law".

Thursday's vote comes three weeks after the Australian public voted overwhelmingly to legalize same-sex marriage as part of a national postal survey lasting two months.

"The Australian people were promised that their freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental rights would be protected in any same-sex marriage legislation, and this has not happened", he said.

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