Australia legalises same-sex marriage after historic vote in Parliament

AUSTRALIA has joined a list of 25 countries and legalised same-sex marriage following a historic vote in Parliament.

The widely debated and controversial legislation was passed on the final scheduled sitting day of 2017 after the House of Representatives shot down all proposed amendments.

Attorney-General George Brandis confirmed gay and lesbian couples can lodge their Notice of Intended Marriage once the law is formally changed on Saturday.


This means those couples who submit their paperwork this weekend will be able to marry from January 9.

The move brings Australia into line with 25 other countries, including New Zealand, the United States, France, Britain, Canada and South Africa.

The historic moment comes after more than 7.8 million Australians (61.6%) voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a nation-wide postal survey.

Same-sex marriage is legal in the following countries:

  • 2001 Netherlands
  • 2003 Belgium
  • 2005 Canada
  • 2005 Spain
  • 2006 South Africa
  • 2008 Norway
  • 2009 Sweden
  • 2010 Iceland
  • 2010 Portugal
  • 2010 Argentina
  • 2012 Denmark
  • 2013 Uruguay
  • 2013 New Zealand
  • 2013 France
  • 2013 Brazil
  • 2014 England and Wales
  • 2014 Scotland
  • 2015 Luxembourg
  • 2015 Finland
  • 2015 Ireland
  • 2015 Greenland
  • 2015 United States
  • 2016 Columbia
  • 2017 Germany
  • 2017 Malta
  • 2017 Austria (effective from 2019)
  • 2017 AUSTRALIA

Jaydan is a Digital News Producer at He was appointed Managing Editor of the Junee Southern Cross newspaper at the age of 17 and has since held positions in a number of newsrooms in New South Wales and Queensland. Jaydan joined the Hot Tomato Broadcasting Company in 2013 and has been keeping the Gold Coast up to date with the latest local, national and international news online at ever since. With almost ten years’ experience in both print and digital media Jaydan is committed to providing the best coverage during major news and weather events.

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