Rally in front of the Australian Parliament before the
vote on the gay marriage law, December 7, 2017 in
The Australian Parliament on Thursday adopted the law on gay
marriage, the final step before legalization, after a national
consultation that showed widespread support for the population
It is now up to Governor General Peter Cosgrove, Queen
Elizabeth II’s Australian representative, to sign this law,
which should be done in the coming days.
Australian MP Trent Zimmerman Celebrates Gay Marriage
Law in Canberra on December 7, 2017
Cheers, hugs and loud applause welcomed the House’s vote on
the law. Only four of its 150 elected members opposed the text
that had already been adopted last week in the Senate by 43
votes to 12.
The vote was greeted with cheers, hugs and applause in the
lower house of Parliament.
„What a day for love, for equality and for respect!
Australia has done it,“ welcomed center-right Prime Minister
Malcolm Turnbull in the House.
Starting Saturday, same-sex couples will be able to file
formal marriage applications. The first unions will intervene
in a month.
„Every Australian had a say and felt it was fair,“ said
Turnbull, who has always defended gay marriage.
Given the opposition to this reform of
the conservative fringe of his movement, Mr. Turnbull had
chosen to organize in recent months a very controversial and
very unusual postal vote with non-binding results.
– ‚To bandage the wounds‘ –
An option finally wise since almost 80% of the participants
participated in this consultation which lasted two months. And
the count revealed in November that nearly 62% of the 12.7
million voters voted in favor of gay marriage.
With this result, the Prime Minister decided to go quickly,
by submitting to Parliament a law on gay marriage.
Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten welcomed the adoption
of the text, calling on Australians to overcome the divisions
that the debates of recent weeks have helped to highlight.
„It’s time to heal the wounds,“ said Shorten.
Equality activists were massed outside Parliament in
Canberra for this historic day that will allow Australia to
join a club of about 20 countries allowing same-sex unions.
„We thank all Australians for their support for the + yes,“
Alex Greenwich, co-chair of the Equality Campaign, told
„We thank all those who have been fighting for many years,
sometimes for more than ten years, for justice and
Opponents of the text have attempted to include amendments
to religious exceptions to gay marriage. But in vain.
The law was passed during the final parliamentary session of
the year, while a hundred or so deputies spoke on the text in
More than 20 countries recognize same-sex marriages,
including 16 in Europe.