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They need to wait a month, so in the New Year, we'll start to see the first legal same-sex weddings in Australia. And it's the end of decades of campaigning for this to become law.>> It comes after a two-month-long survey by mail, in which Australians voted overwhelmingly in favor of same-sex marriage, and now the government has delivered on its promise to make it law by Christmas.
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The bill already cleared in the Senate last week, before it's final test in the House of Representatives, where shortly after it was introduced on Monday, this happened.>> Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me? An Australian politician proposing, during what became a marathon three day debate, in which amendments were all defeated one after the other.
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>> There's been a lot of opposition from conservative law makers who were worried about religious freedoms that might be undermined by these laws. But those issues are being separately considered by a special commission the government has established, and so later down the track, there could be some new laws, or tweaks through existing laws.
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>> The laws will also recognize same-sex couples who've married oversees. In the words of one MP, love has won, it's time to pop the bubbly.