Australian parliament legalise same sex marriage

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The Australian House of Representatives have passed a historic bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

An overwhelming majority of MPs voted to change the marriage act, eight days after a similarly decisive result in the Senate.

The vote set off immediate celebrations in parliament, prompting cheers, applause and even a song.

The result brings an end to more than a decade of robust and often bitter debate on the issue.

Australia’s Governor-General is expected to approve the bill in the coming days, marking its official passage into law.

“What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

“Australia has done it.”

Earlier, many supporters had gathered on the lawn outside parliament.

They included prominent same-sex marriage advocates, including former Olympic swimmer Ian Thorpe and local comedian Magda Szubanski.

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