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Following a postal survey earlier this year that showed that 61.6% of voters approved of same-sex marriage, the Australian parliament has passed a bill legalising the unions, and Twitter is beside itself with joy.
As the proceedings unfolded in parliament #MarriageEquality began trending in top spot worldwide.
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) December 7, 2017
Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 has passed the House of Representatives and has passed the Parliament. Just a few tears and so very proud to be #Australian. We now have #MarriageEquality#auspol
— Peter Foster (@PeterFosterALP) December 7, 2017
Many Australians took to Twitter to post a video of their TV screens as the bill was passed — and various videos of LGBT+ Australians reacting to the news cropped up on the platform.
— TMK (@tylermayk) December 7, 2017
— sam mostyn (@sammostyn) December 7, 2017
#MarriageEquality is a reality
everyone just sang
“I am.. you are.. we are Australian”
— Mark ✊🏻 (@WorldOfMarkyD) December 7, 2017
— sarah WE WON 🌈 (@DlORKIWI) December 7, 2017
Others saw it as a rare Christmas gift from the government.
oh my gosh same sex marriage is officially legal in aus, right before christmas!! such a cute present for so many australians, im happy 💞💓💝💗💕💘💖 #MarriageEquality
— g🎄 (@selenascarolina) December 7, 2017
— A (@hitotsunosoul) December 7, 2017
And though many were upset by how long it took for the LGBT+ population to be served equal rights, a feeling of relief was palpable across the site.
It took too long. It hurt too many. But we are finally there, Australia. The patience, dignity and resilience of the LGBTQI community has been extraordinary….and I’m available for weddings… #MarriageEquality
— Charlie Pickering (@charliepick) December 7, 2017
today is one of the most important days for #marriageequality in australian history. I want to thank every single person who helped fight this battle because finally we are victorious. go love who you wanna love because you were born this way baby 🏳️🌈🏳️🌈🏳️🌈
— riley jensen (@prettypettygay) December 7, 2017
Australia is now the 26th country in which same-sex marriage is legal, joining the likes of South Africa and the US.