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.
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.
>> 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.
>> 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.