Thirty-one couples, including Dublin man Stephen Dawson and his partner Dennis Liddelow, got married in the five days before the federal government overturned and annulled all the gay marriages carried out in that time. And I said to LGBTIQ Australians in particular, you have given us a gift.
The House vote took place on the last sitting day of parliament for the year, with more than 100 MPs speaking on the bill this week. "What a day, what a day for love, for equality, for respect", he said. "At long last, LGBTIQ Australians will be equal under the law".
Applause reportedly rang out in the viewing gallery when the bill was passed.
Abbott and other conservatives proposed amendments to the bill to include further religious protections, all of which were voted down.
"My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state", he said.
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The law will come into effect in the new year.
Prominent LGBTI Australians including the swimming stars Ian Thorpe and Daniel Kowalski, the actor Magda Szubanski and the campaigner Kerry Phelps descended on the nation's capital, Canberra, to celebrate the final legislative victory that has followed years of activism and a three-month community campaign by the Equality Campaign.
"The Parliament has got on with it and we have voted today for a equality, for love, it is time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect, and we respect every Australian who was voted, those who voted yes, and those who voted no, this belongs to us all, this is Australia!".
The Marriage Amendment bill, if passed, will change the Marriage Act to legalise same-sex marriage.
In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no".
Nearly 80 per cent of eligible voters took part in the poll, and almost 62pc of the 12.7 million people who participated chose "yes" on their ballots. According to a survey, 62% of Australians supported the legalization of same-sex marriages.