• SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15: People celebrate the result announcement on November 15, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/Getty Images)
IT'S FINALLY HAPPENED!
By
Chloe Sargeant

7 Dec 2017 - 6:03 PM  UPDATED 7 Dec 2017 - 6:04 PM

After decades of fighting for recognition, a multi-million dollar national postal survey, countless rallies, marches and protests, several potential amendments, and 90+ speakers in the Lower House - it's finally official.

Same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia!

The House of Representatives sat this week to discuss Liberal Senator Dean Smith's same-sex marriage bill, and the bill was passed into law.

So, after a decades-long battle and a particularly difficult year, same-sex marriage is officially legal in Australia, and all overseas same-sex marriages are retrospectively recognised as legal as well. 

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The LGBTQI+ community and allies are absolutely overjoyed, celebrating the news on social media:

FYI: There is a month's notice period before getting married in Australia, so you have until mid-January before you'll have to start attending all you loved ones' long-awaited weddings.

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