Same-sex marriage bill clears Federal Parliament

Same-sex marriage bill clears Federal Parliament

The current bill allows churches and religious organizations to boycott gay weddings without violating Australian anti-discrimination laws.

The bill passed the House of Representatives this afternoon after hours of emotional debate, with more than one hundred MPs speaking on the issue.

"It's time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect". Government minister Peter Dutton, a leader among hard-right lawmakers in the conservative government, said his fellow leading gay-marriage opponents in Parliament agree they should not stop the bill from becoming law while arguing over protecting views of gay-marriage opponents.

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

The public gallery burst into an impromptu rendition of We Are Australian immediately after the bill passed. The votes were not counted because the majority wasn't questioned.

More than 100 MPs have spoken on the legislation since it was tabled in the House of Representatives.

'If any of the amendments are carried, and I don't think they will be, we have a problem, ' Labor's Tony Burke told Sky News.

Treasurer Scott Morrison, junior ministers Michael Sukkar and Alex Hawke, and backbenchers Andrew Hastie, Andrew Broad and Sarah Henderson, were also unsuccessful in trying to change the bill, as was Greens MP Adam Bandt.

The legislation will become law as soon as it is granted royal assent by the Governor-General.

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