Same-Sex Marriage Legalised in Australia as Parliament Passes Historic Law

Australia has officially become the 26th country to legalise same-sex marriage after the law was passed on Thursday with the overwhelming backing of the Federal Parliament.

Thirteen years after changing the Marriage Act to explicitly forbid same-sex unions, federal politicians voted to undo the last major piece of discrimination against gay and lesbian Australians.

It followed last month’s emphatic resolution of the Australian public in the postal survey to join the rest of the English-speaking world by embracing marriage equality.

The vote in the House of Representatives, minutes before 6pm on Thursday, came after last week’s vote in the Senate, meaning the law has now passed both houses of Parliament.