Thursday, December 07, 2017
YES It's Official! Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage!
Australia will become the 26th country in the world to allow same-sex marriages, after its parliament overwhelmingly backed the move.
The change, which will formally hit the statutes on Saturday, comes after Australians voted in a voluntary postal survey to introduce marriage equality, with 61.6% of voters agreeing to let people of the same sex marry.
The first same-sex marriages will be able to take place in January, as couples in Australia must give 28 days’ notice of their impending nuptials.
Thursday’s vote [Dec. 7, 2017] in the Federal Parliament was a landslide, with all but four members of parliament supporting the change or abstaining. Abstainers included former prime minister Tony Abbott, whose government had promised to let the country decide the issue.
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