And though many were upset by how long it took for the LGBT+ population to be served equal rights, a feeling of relief was palpable across the site.
"It is a big Australian hug for all same-sex couples", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Channel Nine on Friday morning, in a string of media interviews. The major parties want the legislation passed this week after a majority of Australian's endorsed change in a postal ballot last month. Though the bill was expected to pass into law without significant opposition, the lengthy legislative process was excruciatingly slow for the hundreds of advocates watching from the public gallery.
"It is now part of Australian law", an elated Mr Turnbull said. Some lawmakers, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott sought to insert amendments into the Bill, but all of the proposed changes were voted down.
The law will come into effect in the new year.
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After months of debate and decades of campaigning, same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia.
Tim Wilson, a Liberal MP who proposed to his long-term partner Ryan during a speech in parliament earlier this week, said "there is no day that I am more proud to be Australian than today".
Tracy Clark and her partner Justyna Greinart embrace as they gather with a crowd of people to watch a large television screen at Federation Square as it is announced that same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia with Parliament agreeing to change the Marriage Act and end the ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying on December 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.
In the end, 61.6% of Australia voted in favor of allowing same-sex marriage, with 38.4% saying "no". According to a survey, 62% of Australians supported the legalization of same-sex marriages.