IT'S DONE: Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

IT'S DONE: Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

But same-sex weddings will not happen in Australia until January 2018 because same-sex couples will still need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, which must be completed a month before the wedding.

Before the vote was to be finalised later on Thursday, the House of Representatives was set to debate a number of proposed conservative amendments that were expected to be voted down, according to BuzzFeed News.

Cheers and applause broke out as ministers voted in favor of the bill following hours of debate and emotional speeches at Parliament House in Canberra.

Liberal MPs Jason Falinski and Trent Zimmerman gave their support to the bill.

The Australian people voted in favour of change by 61.6 per cent, triggering Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's promise to change the Marriage Act by Christmas.

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has said any future legislation on religious freedoms would not be the subject of a Labor MP conscience vote, paving the way for a battle with the coalition if it goes down that path.

Four members of the House of Representatives voted against the bill. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

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"This is a day for every Australian".

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.

Turnbull, a gay marriage supporter, says he wants wedding celebrants, not just those affiliated with churches, to have the right to refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages.

A nonbinding postal survey found that 62 percent of Australian respondents wanted gay marriage to be legal.

Liberal colleague Sarah Henderson, however, is backing the change.

Australians have always been in favor of same-sex marriage, with polling from as long as 10 years ago showing a majority support for legalizing marriage equality.

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