Par­lia­ment le­gal­izes same-sex mar­riage

The Jakarta Post - - WORLD -

AUSTRALIA: Australia on Thurs­day be­came the 26th na­tion to le­gal­ize same-sex mar­riage, prompt­ing cheers and singing from a packed par­lia­ment pub­lic gallery in a coun­try where some states ruled homosexual acts to be il­le­gal un­til just 20 years ago.

Law­mak­ers, who had cast aside a con­ser­va­tive push to al­low re­li­gious ob­jec­tors to refuse ser­vice to same-sex cou­ples, waved rain­bow flags and em­braced on the floor of the cham­ber, where ear­lier in the de­bate a politi­cian had pro­posed to his same-sex part­ner. Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law. “What a day. What a day for love, for equal­ity, for re­spect,” said Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull. “It is time for more mar­riages.”

The laws, which will also rec­og­nize same-sex mar­riages sol­em­nized in for­eign coun­tries, take ef­fect from Satur­day. Be­cause a month’s no­tice is re­quired for the state to rec­og­nize a mar­riage, the first le­gal same-sex unions would be in Jan­uary. — Reuters

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