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Australia MPs okay same-sex marriage

Published : Friday, 8 December, 2017 at 12:00 AM Count : 100

SYDNEY, Dec 7 : Gay couples will be able to legally marry in Australia after a same-sex marriage bill sailed through parliament on Thursday, ending decades of political wrangling.
There were loud cheers, hugs and sustained clapping in the 150-seat 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.
"What a day for love, for equality, for respect! Australia has done it," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the House.
"Every Australian had their say and they said it is fair, get on with it!"    -AFP

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