Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Australian Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe joins equality ambassadors and volunteers from the Equality Campaign who gather in front of Parliament House in Canberra

The last several decades of LGBTQIA rights have finally bottled down to this: the House of Representatives have voted to pass the same-sex marriage bill.

On Facebook, Chrisetnsen lamented that the House "voted to not allow civil celebrants - even those who are pastors - to exempt themselves from having to perform marriages for same sex couples".

In the 150-seat parliament there were only four No votes, three from the ruling Liberal-National coalition and one Independent.

The Marriage Amendment bill, if passed, will change the Marriage Act to legalise same-sex marriage.

"What a day, what a day for love, for equality, for respect", he said.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation. Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down.

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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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".

The move comes after nearly 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country's non-binding postal ballot to endorse the law. "This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

"My wife and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary but later this year we may be getting a divorce", Jensen told a local newspaper.

In December 2013, same-sex marriage was very briefly legal in the Australian Capital Territory.

The decision comes after more than 12.7 million people took part in the eight-week postal survey and voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.

"In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we can not ask", an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament past year.

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