Australian parliament approves same-sex marriage

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

Not all speeches backed gay marriage, however.

An Australian parliamentary vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage is imminent after MPs reached the final stages of debate on a historic bill.

This is the time frame more than 100 MPs had to share their thoughts on same-sex marriage in a speech to Queensland Parliament.

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.

Media captionWill you marry me?

Gay rights advocates have celebrated outside Australia's Parliament House in anticipation of same-sex marriage being legalized within hours.

"I'll be supporting the proposed amendments for religious freedoms when they are introduced", he said.

Government minister Peter Dutton, a leader among hard-right lawmakers in the conservative government, said his fellow leading gay-marriage opponents in Parliament agree they should not stop the bill from becoming law while arguing over protecting views of gay-marriage opponents.

Entsch said related amendments to bolster freedoms of speech and education rights could be debated in a separate bill next year and should not be sued to delay the reform.

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

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month. Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters took part in the two-month survey.

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