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State of same-sex marriage around the world

State of same-sex marriage around the world

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who had supported legalization, tweeted support for the measure after its passage.

The vote took place less than a week after the bill passed in the Australian Senate by a 43-12 vote margin.

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.

Australia on Thursday became the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage, following a postal survey in which Australians overwhelmingly voted in support of formalising the unions.

In a particularly poignant moment, the ministers on the House floor and guests in the gallery began singing "I am, you are, we are Australian".

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An overwhelming majority of Australians endorsed marriage reform in a postal ballot last month.

Many same-sex marriage advocates levelled the same criticism at the voluntary vote, which did not require legislative approval.

In moving scenes, the entire parliament burst into song after the bill passed, belting out the lyrics to the "I Am Australian" song: "We are one, but we are many; And from all the lands on earth we come; We'll share a dream and sing with one voice; "I am, you are, we are Australian".

Abbott and other conservatives proposed amendments to the bill to include further religious protections, all of which were voted down.

"Love has won, and it's time to pop the bubbly", Greens MP and same-sex marriage supporter Adam Bandt said.

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"These amendments, rather, are a shield for people and organizations that hold to a traditional view of marriage".

It follows a public survey that posted a 62 percent result in favour of same-sex marriage. He even wore a pair of rainbow socks to the Parliament. "They are not a sword to be wielded in the service of bigotry", government MP Andrew Hastie said in parliament.

In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".

News.com.au reports that Christian couple Nick and Sarah Jensen have been hedging on their pledge to divorce in the wake of same-sex marriage becoming legal in Australia.

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