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.
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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.
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.