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5 register opposition to Australian bill

5 register opposition to Australian bill

Australia's House of Representatives overnight passed its same-sex marriage bill in a massive landslide vote, with just four Members of Parliament out of 150 voting no.

One week ago the Senate also passed the same-sex marriage bill.

"What a day for love, for equality, for respect", Mr Turnbull told the house. More than 100 MPs had delivered speeches, many emotional, in the lead-up to the final vote with most in support of changes to the Marriage Act. "And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it".

The first legal same-sex weddings in Australia could happen about January 8, 2018.

"Australians have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", he had said after the result was announced.

One of those who voted against the legislation, Queensland MP Keith Pitt, said he did not support the Bill because "I believe it does not adequately address the concerns of many in my electorate around religious freedoms, parental choice and the right for parents to raise their children as they see fit".

"This is Australia - fair, diverse and filled with respect".

"Some individuals who entered into marriage in their previous sex or gender are faced with a choice between divorcing their spouse in order to obtain records reflecting their gender identity, or not having these records", the bill's explanatory memorandum notes.

"To every young LGBTI Australian across the nation, today ensures there will never be a question about whether you can have the same dreams, aspirations and opportunities as your brothers, sisters and friends". That was the hope of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after 62% of Australians voted in favor of same-sex marriage in a legally non-binding postal survey conducted over two months earlier this year. The Senate had already passed its own version of the bill the week prior. More than 12 million people participated.

Australia joins about two dozen countries around the world, including Germany, which have legalized same-sex marriage.