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Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

"Fair, diverse, loving and filled for respect for everyone", said an effusive Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as he introduced the bill for a final vote.

"The government is accountable in question time and so is the opposition so we will all be accountable in question time today as we are every day that parliament sits".

Amendments made by conservatives to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill are said to be defeated with leader of the house, Christopher Pyne, stating he will oppose them. "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law". The first wedding is likely to be held in February next year.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

Both major parties had given their members a free vote on the issue.

"These amendments are important and I stress they are not against same-sex marriage, they are simply in favor of the rights of religious organizations to keep doing what their doing", Abbott said. The 500 or so people in the gallery were vocal in their disapproval of the amendments.

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"There were loud cheers, hugs and sustained clapping in the lower House of Representatives when all but four MPs voted in support of marriage equality, after the upper house Senate passed the bill 43-12 last week".

Liberal colleague Sarah Henderson, however, is backing the change.

A nonbinding postal survey found that 62 percent of Australian respondents wanted gay marriage to be legal.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing a majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

"Australians have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", he had said after the result was announced.

Linda Burney, who took leave after a family tragedy, on Tuesday gave a speech in support of gay marriage, paying tribute to her son Binni, who took his own life at the end of October.