Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriage

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Same-sex marriage will now be legal across Australia after the country's Parliament voted to allow it.

The Parliamentary vote in Canberra follows a government survey which brought an overwhelming response from the public and a resounding vote in favour of gay marriage.

Australia's House of Representatives backed a bill to change the definition of marriage from a union between a man and a woman to "a union of two people." The Senate had passed the same legislation last week.

Applause reportedly rang out in the viewing gallery when the bill was passed.

The law is likely to take effect in around a month, after royal assent and other formalities are completed, according to The Washington Times.