In the Canberra parliament's final session of the year on Thursday, lawmakers engaged in a lengthy debate as several amendments put forward by opponents of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage were voted down.
As opposed to a union between a man and a woman, the same-sex marriage bill recognises marriage as simply "a union between two people".
Appropriating Ecclesiastes 3, Shorten said there was a season for everything: "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".
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The parliamentarians who voted in favor of same-sex marriage took time to let the jubilant moment sink in, celebrating with hugs and handshakes and proudly sporting rainbow-colored clothing.
"This is a day for every Australian".
"The amendments. go very much, again, to the heart of religious liberty that we've seen voted down again and again today in this house", George Christensen, a coalition MP for Dawson, declared on the floor of the House. Liberal Party member Sarah Henderson teared up as she spoke about her friend gay friend John Parker, who died months earlier and was waiting for the Marriage Act to change.
Or people who voted yes.
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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 major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian's endorsed change in a postal ballot last month.
"Australians have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", he had said after the result was announced.
About 12.7 million people participated in the survey, which had a response rate of almost 80% - which is considered very high. According to a survey, 62% of Australians supported the legalization of same-sex marriages.
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But that's one thing families do, how do you handle devastation, get around those you love and let's go back to work". Despite the loss to USC , Stanford remaining highly ranked at No. 13, just in front of No. 14 Notre Dame.