Finally, after all these years the LGBTIQ community can now rejoice as they have the chance to marry. The House of Representatives voted in favour of the historic bill to legalise marriage equality, which will now be delivered to the Governor General, who is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.
“What a day, what a day for love, for equality for respect,” Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the House. “It is time for more marriages, more equality, more love.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten described the decision as “long overdue”.
“It is now a time to heal, a time to build, a time to laugh, a time to embrace, a time to love, and now, at last, a time for marriage equality.”
The Prime Minister made the promise on November 15 to fully legalise marriage equality before Christmas, after the majority (61.6 per cent) of Australians voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry via a heavily maligned $100 million postal survey.