Same-sex marriage will be legalised in Australia after the Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 passed the House of Representatives this afternoon.
After a marathon parliament debate, Australia will join 24 other countries in which same-sex marriage is legal.
The lower house passed marriage equality with less than five MPs voting ‘no’.
The parliament floor erupted with applause when the result was announced.
“What a day for love ,for equality, for respect, Australia has done it!” prime minister Malcom Turnbull said.
The legalisation of same-sex marriage follows the recent national survey results where 61.6 per cent of Australian voters said ‘yes’ to marriage equality.