Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

Australia’s Parliament has voted to allow same sex marriage across the nation and has been legalized after the senate released the result of the votes which was counted 43 for same-sex and 12 against. The news  has since then led to immense celebrations across the country as Australians declare today “a day for love”.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull proclaimed a “day for love, for equality, for respect” as Australia became the 26th country in the world to legalize same-sex ceremonies.

He said,

“What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” said Mr Turnbull. “It is time for more marriages, more love, more respect… This belongs to us all. This is Australia.”

As soon as the House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage to simply “a union of two people” instead of union between a man and a woman was passed today, the public gallery erupted with applause, cheers, and singing.

It was stated that the the laws, which will also recognize same-sex marriages solemnized in foreign countries, will take effect from Saturday because a month’s notice is required for the state to recognize a marriage and  the first legal same-sex unions will kick-off in January.