‘WHAT A DAY FOR LOVE,’ PM SAYS OF LE­GAL GAY UNIONS

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

CAN­BERRA Aus­tralia’s Par­lia­ment voted Thurs­day to al­low same-sex mar­riage across the coun­try, fol­low­ing a bit­ter de­bate set­tled by a much-crit­i­cized gov­ern­ment sur­vey of vot­ers that strongly en­dorsed change.

The bill changes the def­i­ni­tion of mar­riage from solely be­tween a man and a woman to “a union of two peo­ple” ex­clud­ing all oth­ers.

“What a day. What a day for love, for equal­ity, for re­spect. Aus­tralia has done it,” Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull told Par­lia­ment.

The Se­nate passed the same leg­is­la­tion last week 43 votes to 12.

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