A flood of weddings for same-sex couples in January

MPs hugged and clapped their fellow members after the private member’s bills that had cross-party and crossbench backing passed on the last day of the year’s parliament session. There were cheers in a crowded public gallery that included people in rainbow flags, singing “I am, you are, we are Australian” and MPs stepping in from the floor of the chamber.

Four “no” votes were from Victorian Liberal Russell Broadbent, Queensland Nationals Keith Pitt and David Littleproud, as well as Queensland Crossbencher Bob Katter.

Famous conservatives who had been unsuccessful in their efforts to get more protection for religious beliefs and other types,  including Tony Abbott, Andrew Hastie, Michael Sukkar, Kevin Andrews, and George Christensen, abstained from the vote.

Attorney General George Brandis said the reform will take place on the weekend.

“As from Saturday, same-sex couples will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage to commence the one month minimum notice period required before the solemnisation of marriages under the Marriage Act,” the minister said in an announcement.

The bill’s third reading was moved, Malcolm Turnbull said: “What is a day! What a day of love, equality, and respect! Australia has made it happen. Every Australian was a part of the discussion and said, “It’s fair. Let’s get going!”

He declared that this wonderful day was for “every Australian. This 45th Parliament is doing its job, and getting to work on it. It’s fair. We have completed the work, we’ve all done it together. Let’s get it done and let’s conclude the deal now!”

The Opposition leader Bill Shorten said: “Australia We will achieve equality in marriage in a matter of minutes. The Australia of the future starts by doing what we are currently doing. In the end, LGBTIQ Australians will be legal equals under the law.”

The ecstatic crowd in the gallery of the lower house had averted the final phase of the law, dancing with joy and waving flags.

The bill was passed unchanged. All amendments to add additional protections for freedom of speech and religion that were proposed in the direction of Coalition conservatives were rejected, similarly to what took place this week in the Senate.

Turnbull was on the wrong side during the debate on a few of the amendments, which included ones to ensure the protection of charities and religious freedom; however, he was absent for the majority of the votes on the amendments.

Abbott has made numerous speeches calling for greater protections for religious beliefs, freedom of speech, and parental rights.

He claimed that Turnbull had not given thorough consideration to the freedom of expression and religious liberty that he had promised. “The promises that were made from the top were not adequately delivered on,” the minister said.

“We do not want to see politically correct discriminations substitute for old discrimination,” Abbott declared. “Do we want today to be a day of unity or do we want today to be a day of division?”

Liberal backbenchers who have served as leaders in the Coalition of the reform cause, such as Warren Entsch, Trent Zimmerman, Tim Wilson, and Trevor Evans, have strongly opposed numerous attempts by conservatives to obfuscate the law.

Zimmerman stated that the bill didn’t contain just one word or clause that restricted Australians’ religious rights. He was unsure if a plan regarding parental rights was legal or even constitutional.

The amendments were defeated with varying margins.

Amendments to provide additional protections for religious beliefs, such as having the two marriage definitions set out in the statute, were proposed by Sukkar and rejected by 97-43.

Amendments made by Western Australian MP Andrew Hastie, which included allowing parents to remove their children from classes in the event that they do not agree with lessons on marriage, failed the vote 87-56.

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