Australia Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage
Love wins, mate. Australia’s Parliament voted for marriage equality today after years of political debate and a national postal survey that showed 61 percent of 12 million respondents favored legalization. Amendments to the bill — which supporters said would give religious protection and opponents claimed would legalize discrimination — were voted down. Same-sex marriages performed abroad will automatically become legal when the bill gets royal assent in mid-December, but the first gay weddings in Australia will have to wait until 2018, as all couples must provide a month’s notice to get married.