On Thursday, Australia's parliament passed a bill finally allowing people to marry regardless of their gender. According to The Guardian, the House of Representatives voted almost unanimously to legalize same-sex marriage in the country after a poll that showed that Australians overwhelmingly were in favor of it.
"What a day for love, for equality, for respect. Australia has done it," Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said, according to Sky News.
The Guardian reports that same-sex couples hoping to marry will have to wait until the new year. Australia has now become the 25th country in the world to legally recognize same-sex marriage.
Elsewhere in the country, citizens rejoiced at the news. Jason Tuazon-McCheyne, who is affected by the bill, told The Guardian that the long-awaited decision and the poll were meaningful because they reflected how Australians have rejected campaigns that "questioned the legitimacy of LGBTI people and our families."
"I love the fact the Australian people turned it on its head, and forced [the parliament] to pass legislation without amendments," he said. "I’m embarrassed how much I’ve been crying. It’s something I’ve been working on for 18 years."
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