Final Bill On Same Sex Marriage Imminent

Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott leaves the chamber ahead of the final vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra Thursday

Gay marriage campaigners including television star Magda Szubanski have gathered outside Parliament to celebrate as same-sex unions are about to be legalised.

Parliament passed the Same Sex Marriage Act with a vote of 154 in favour today.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to vote to allow same-sex marriage across the nation.

The Senate passed the same legislation last week 43 votes to 12.

The public gallery led a chorus of We Are Australian after the final vote, with members of the parliament joining in from the floor of the House in tears.

The house spent the day voting on amendments to the bill, none of which passed (otherwise it would have gone back to the Senate).

"We have made sure that we have removed any element of discrimination in this bill while ensuring that religious freedoms are protected", he added.

'If any of the amendments are carried, and I don't think they will be, we have a problem, ' Labor's Tony Burke told Sky News. Dutton said none of his allies meant to delay gay marriage until those safeguards were decided.

The government has appointed a panel to examine how to safeguard religious freedoms once gay marriage was a reality in Australia.

While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries say they would not have the paperwork to proceed with weddings until January.

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