Friday, March 5News For London

Australia to legalize same sex marriage

Australia has finally set to legalize same-sex marriage. This follows a historic bill that was passed in the House of Representatives.


Photo of young people at a protest. (Photo credit: Carol Cho)


After 20 failed bills and years of advocacy, the bill to amend Marriage Act was introduced a month ago and only four MPs voted against the bill. Same-sex couples can legally marry from January 2018.

Starting this Saturday, people will be able to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage.This comes three weeks after it was found that 62% of Australians had voted “yes” in the national survey.

Australia’s Governor-General, Peter Cosgrove, is expected to approve the bill over the next few days.


Youtuber Raymond Braun who makes LGBT-centric content tweeted a video of the moment the Australian parliament passed the bill: