Same-sex marriage clears final hurdle in Australia

Same-sex marriage clears final hurdle in Australia”

Not all speeches backed gay marriage, however.

Thursday was set to be a historic day for gay marriage advocates in Australia, with same-sex marriage expected to pass in the late afternoon.

More than 100 MPs have spoken on the legislation since it was tabled in the House of Representatives.

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

However, PM Malcolm Turnbull has said he will support at least two amendments to the bill to allow for religious freedoms. Several amendments being proposed would expand those exemptions, but Dutton and other lawmakers expect all amendments would be rejected.

Amendments made by conservatives to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill are said to be defeated with leader of the house, Christopher Pyne, stating he will oppose them.

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

"That is why I will support several amendments to the bill which will provide that additional reassurance in respect of their fundamental rights and freedoms", he added.

"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.

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

Most gay marriage opponents accept that the Parliament has an overwhelming mandate to make the change.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

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