Lawmaker proposes during Australian same-sex marriage debate

Where we are in the SSM debate

Not all speeches backed gay marriage, however.

SAME-SEX marriage has become legal, with the bill to legalise gay marriage passing the House of Representatives today.

More than 100 MPs had delivered speeches, many emotional, in the lead-up to the final vote with most in support of changes to the Marriage Act.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to pass the legislation on Thursday, after the bill drew broad cross-party support.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

"There's only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?"

Many same-sex marriage supporters travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome in the lower house.

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The Union Minister later visited nearby Poonthura, a coastal hamlet where fishermen are protesting alleging delay in rescue. Two houses near the seashore at Ullal were completely destroyed by the waves while another one was partially damaged.

Mr Abbott said he moved the amendment "out of respect for the millions of Australians who take religious freedom seriously".

It was agreed the bill be read a third time, with no amendments at 2.47pm Perth time.

"The bill which the Senate passed is a robust bill, a whole range of religious protections are already in place", Entsch said in introducing the bill.

Entsch said related amendments to bolster freedoms of speech and education rights could be debated in a separate bill next year and should not be sued to delay the reform.

Australia's Parliament would legalize gay marriage this week despite some lawmakers' concerns about whether Australian cake makers should have to cater for same-sex weddings, a leading opponent of marriage equality said on Wednesday.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 per cent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

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