Same-sex marriage now legal in Australia after House of Representatives votes in favour of bill

Same-sex marriage now legal in Australia after House of Representatives votes in favour of bill

SAME-SEX marriage has become legal, with the bill to legalise gay marriage passing the House of Representatives today.

The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 was passed with no changes to the one that was approved by the Senate last week.

The bill will now go to the Governor-General for his Royal Assent.

It was agreed the bill be read a third time, with no amendments at 2.47pm Perth time.

The third reading took place at 2.54pm, with a division required, but the result was an overwhelming yes to marriage equality.

There were only four dissenting voices.

Amendments were proposed by conservative MPs Andrew Hastie and Michael Sukkar, but neither was able to secure a majority.

The bulk of speeches wrapped up in the lower house late on Wednesday night, after sitting hours were extended for a second day to allow extra debate.

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