Love won in Australia. After a long, bitter postal vote over whether to legalize same-sex marriage ended with overwhelming support, the Australian Parliament voted today to officially legalize marriage equality, which makes the country the 26th in the world to legalize it.
The historic victory for the country comes after years of conservative backlash against the measure and 22 different attempts to legalize same-sex marriage. In a speech about the decisive victory, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who has been a longtime supporter of same-sex marriage, made this statement: “This belongs to us all. This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect. For every one of us this is a great day.” After the vote, a chorus of the popular song “I Am Australian” broke out amongst the lawmakers.
— ABC News (@abcnews) December 7, 2017
The new bill changes the definition of marriage from “the union of a man and a woman” to “the union of two people,” and automatically recognizes same-sex marriages from other countries.