Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Same-sex marriage bill looks set to pass Parliament

Same-sex marriage bill set to pass through House of Representatives today

Gay couples will be able to legally marry in Australia after a same-sex marriage bill sailed through parliament on December 7, ending decades of political wrangling.

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

Thursday was set to be a historic day for gay marriage advocates in Australia, with same-sex marriage expected to pass in the late afternoon.

He said "injustices are happening this day", noting the case of Catholic Archbishop of Hobart Julian Porteous and a Canberra women who was sacked from her work after a No post on Facebook.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten also spoke ahead of vote, saying: "Australia, we are going to make marriage equality a reality in minutes".

More specifically, the Austrian Supreme Court ruled to change the current definition of marriage, which states it can only be between "different sex" partners, to switch in a definition that doesn't mention sex or gender. BUT because it was such a huge majority in support, the bill was passed regardless.

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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"We've voted today for equality, for love, it's time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect", he continued.

The LNP has sold us out and I will go to The Australian Conservative Party.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month.

Prime Minister Turnbull campaigned in 2015 on the promise of having a revisitation of Australia's marriage laws.

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.

"This is a day for every Australian".

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