IT'S DONE: Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

IT'S DONE: Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

Though the bill was expected to pass into law without significant opposition, the lengthy legislative process was excruciatingly slow for the hundreds of advocates watching from the public gallery.

Same-sex marriage supporters wearing colourful "Yes" T-shirts clapped and cheered as amendments were voted down, prompting repeated warnings they should stop their barracking.

Only four MPs in the lower house voted against the private bill this afternoon, just over a week after it was agreed to by the Senate.

Before Question Time and the legalisation of same-sex marriage was passed, Bill Shorten asked Malcolm Turnbull if Question Time can be abandoned to allow for the quicker passage of same-sex marriage legislation.

'To claim that there will not be a range of adverse consequences for the freedom of speech, religion and parental rights.is wrong, ' Mr Andrews said.

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What a day for love, for equality, for respect! "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law". And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift. "The Parliament has got on with it and we have voted today for a equality, for love, it is time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect, and we respect every Australian who was voted, those who voted yes, and those who voted no, this belongs to us all, this is Australia!"

The Senate last week approved the bill and rejected all proposed amendments that would have increased legal protections for those who would discriminate against gay couples on religious grounds.

Liberal MPs Jason Falinski and Trent Zimmerman gave their support to the bill.

"Australians are sick of excuses and they're sick of delays", Entsch said.

Marriage equality campaigners have fought for years for Thursday's vote. Liberal Party member Sarah Henderson teared up as she spoke about her friend gay friend John Parker, who died months earlier and was waiting for the Marriage Act to change.

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