Final vote on same sex marriage bill looms

Where we are in the SSM debate

Australian lawmaker says uncertainty won't stop gay marriage

It's a YES! A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed.

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.

But several lawmakers including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull intend to persist with amendments rejected by the Senate.

The final step is for the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, the Queen's representative in Australia, to ratify the law, which will likely take place within days.

Turnbull told Parliament that while nothing in the bill threatened religious freedoms, he wanted more reassurances for the millions of Australians who oppose marriage equality.

'To claim that there will not be a range of adverse consequences for the freedom of speech, religion and parental rights.is wrong, ' Mr Andrews said.

Four members of the House of Representatives voted against the bill. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.

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All proposed amendments to the bill were knocked back, meaning that marriage equality will become law without special provisions for bakers, florists and civil celebrants to refuse service to same sex marriages. The major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian's endorsed change in a postal ballot last month.

"This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

"This Parliament, when we passed the marriage equality law, is not a gift from us to LGBTIQ Australians, equality is never a gift to be given".

There had been little doubt that this bill would pass with sweeping support from Nationals, Liberals, Greens, the crossbench and Labor.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing a majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

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