In the House of representatives for the adoption of the law voted 63 deputies, seven were against. Earlier in the Senate legalizing same-sex marriage was supported by 43 deputies, 12 were against.
The law will officially take effect after all formalities — in about a month. In 2018 are expected to be the first same-sex weddings. Spouses in these families will have the same rights as the Union men and women.
"What a day! What a day for love, quality and respect! Australia did it," announced Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a supporter of the legalization of same-sex unions.
Despite the fact that now marriage has been legalized, the law still allows the churches and religious organizations to boycott same-sex weddings.
Before the discussion of marriage on the legislative level, Australian authorities conducted a "post a poll". The vote had no legal force, its members were sent ballots with his voice mail. It was attended by 12.7 million people — nearly 80% of Australians eligible to vote. In the result, 62% voted for the legalization of gay marriage.
Australia became the third country in the world, which held a referendum on the issue of gay marriage. Before such a referendum were held in Ireland and Slovenia. In the first case, the citizens have spoken in support of legalization, the second — against.
Australia joined the other 24 countries that have already legalized same-sex marriage. For those Australians who issued the marriage in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, since mid-December, the unions officially recognized in Australia.