Australia edges closer to same-sex marriage vote

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Same-sex marriage campaigners and volunteers cheer as they call on politicians to pass marriage equality legislation during rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.

"There's only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?"

From heartfelt to bizarrely offensive, the debates to allow same-sex marriage couples to marry became emotionally charged ahead of the final vote on same-sex marriage on December 7.

Amendments made by conservatives to the cross-party same-sex marriage bill are said to be defeated with leader of the house, Christopher Pyne, stating he will oppose them.

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The bill passed the Senate last week with 43 votes to 12, with Labor Senator Penny Wong reaching to hug Liberal Senator Dean Smith afterwards. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

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

If the House of Representatives supported such an amendment, then the altered bill would have to return to the Senate for ratification, delaying the reform. Dutton said none of his allies meant to delay gay marriage until those safeguards were decided. Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters took part in the two-month survey.

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