The Australian Parliament has finally passed same-sex marriage into law. The motion was approved almost unanimously by the House of Representatives, after passing the upper chamber last week.
Politicians and members of the public, watching in the gallery, broke into cheers, tears and song following the vote, I Am Australian, a popular song some argue should be the country’s national anthem.
The move comes after almost 13 million Australians (79.5%) voted in the country’s non-binding postal ballot to endorse the law.
The final legislative victory follows years of activism and a three-month community campaign by the Equality Campaign.
Australia is now the 25th country in the world to have marriage equality for same-sex couples.