Same-sex marriage has become legal in a growing number of countries in recent years. Same-sex marriages also became legal this year in Ecuador, Taiwan and Austria. In a number of countries that have recently legalized same-sex marriage, the impetus for legal change came through the courts. In the United States, the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide in a ruling. Explore our fact sheet to learn more about same-sex laws around the world. Worldwide, most of the countries that allow gay marriage are in Western Europe.
Marriage equality law passes Australia's parliament in landslide vote
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Members of the public applaud after the Australian Parliament passed the same-sex marriage bill in It began as a year sparring match after the incumbent Liberal Party, helmed by conservative Prime Minister John Howard, amended the Australian Marriage Act in to ban gay couples from marrying. Now, after the Australian Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove, signed off on historic laws this week, the battle for the legalization of same-sex marriage is over. Australia has officially joined the ranks of 25 other countries where marriage equality has become a legal right. What a day for love, for equality, for respect. This means the first same-sex weddings will take place on the 9 January, That is, if a church or other religious organization feels strongly about not conducting a same-sex marriage, they have the right not to do so.
Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey
SURE, Australia just legalised same-sex marriage but there is more to the new changes than just gay weddings. Australia has legalised same-sex marriage but what does this mean? MANY Australians are celebrating the passing of same-sex marriage laws but what exactly are we cheering? Heterosexual couples will be the first to experience the impact of the changes with celebrants required to meet new legal requirements starting on Saturday.
On Thursday the House of Representatives passed a cross-party bill after an unprecedented national postal survey gave unstoppable momentum to legislate the historic social reform. Australia, which changed the law in to say that marriage is only between a man and a woman, now becomes the 25th country to recognise same-sex marriage. The lower house passed marriage equality with almost all members of the governing Liberal-National Coalition joining Labor, the Greens, and crossbench MPs in a free vote to pass the bill which cleared the Senate last week without amendment. The speaker of the House of Representatives, Tony Smith, declared the vote carried, since fewer than five MPs opposed it, triggering a standing ovation from the parliamentarians and public gallery. Marriage equality is finally the law of the land.