Par­lia­ment ap­proves same-sex mar­riage

The Buffalo News - - WASHINGTON NEWS - – Washington Post

SYD­NEY, Aus­tralia – Aus­tralia le­gal­ized same-sex mar­riage Thurs­day, paving the way for the first gay wed­dings to be held early next year and trig­ger­ing ju­bi­lant cel­e­bra­tions at Par­lia­ment House. Law­mak­ers and sup­port­ers of mar­riage equal­ity in the pub­lic gallery cheered and ap­plauded as the leg­is­la­tion was passed in the lower cham­ber, three weeks af­ter the pub­lic over­whelm­ingly backed chang­ing the law in a na­tion­wide sur­vey.

“Aus­tralia has done it,” Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull said. “Ev­ery Aus­tralian had their say and they said it’s fair, get on with it. The par­lia­ment has got on with it, and we’ve voted to­day for equal­ity, for love.” Aus­tralia is the 25th na­tion to le­gal­ize same-sex unions, ac­cord­ing to the Mar­riage Equal­ity cam­paign group, trail­ing coun­tries such as the U.K., Ire­land and New Zealand. Even though the na­tion’s largest city, Syd­ney, has fa­mously held its Gay and Les­bian Mardi Gras since 1978, re­gional ar­eas were more re­luc­tant to em­brace gay mar­riage and the is­sue has di­vided par­lia­ment for years.

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