On Thursday, the Australia House of Representatives passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, but it struck down multiple amendments to protect religious liberty and other forms of dissent in the process.
The Bill was opposed by only four members. "It is time for more marriages, more equality, more love".
"What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect", said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
"In one of the last conversations I had with him he just said to me 'Hendo, just bloody well get on with it ok?'.""This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".
The first gay marriage is supposed to be registered in February 2018.
Activists have praised the passage of this bill as a historical landmark and a symbol of the progress made by Australia's LGBT community. This means couples who don't want to be referred as "husband and wife" may be able to take their partner as they lawful wedded spouse.
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Many Australians took to Twitter to post a video of their TV screens as the bill was passed - and various videos of LGBT+ Australians reacting to the news cropped up on the platform.
"My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state", he said.
The Marriage Amendment bill, if passed, will change the Marriage Act to legalise same-sex marriage.
Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP who proposed to his long-term partner Ryan during a speech in parliament earlier this week, said "there is no day that I am more proud to be Australian than today". In November the results of a forced but not binding postal plebiscite of Australians found over 60 percent support the right of same-sex couples to marry.
In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".