See The Moment Australia's Parliament Broke Into Song After Legalizing Same-Sex Marriage

"I am, you are, we are Australian."

Same-sex marriage has been legalized in Australia. The country's Parliament voted in favor of the bill on Thursday, with CNN reporting that only four members were in opposition. The House vote followed last week's Senate decision when an MP proposed to his partner during debate.

"This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving, and filled with respect for everyone," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said when presenting the bill for a final vote. "This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian."

The mood in on the House floor following the vote was jubilant, as both ministers and guests in the gallery joined voices to sing "I Am Australian," a 1987 patriotic song written by Bruce Woodley and Dobe Newton. The emotional and unifying moment was caught on video and shared on social media.

"We are one, but we are many / And from all the lands on earth we come," the song goes. "We'll share a dream and sing with one voice / I am, you are, we are Australian."

The Parliament's decision follows the results of an Australian postal survey in which 61.6 percent of respondents voted "yes" to marriage equality. At the time, Prime Minister Turnbull announced intentions to pass legislation by Christmas and the government held to that promise.

On Friday, BBC reports that Australia's Governor-General Peter Cosgrove officially signed the bill into law, to take effect after midnight. "So it is all done. It is part of the law of the land," Turnbull said. Because Australia requires a month's notice that a couple intends to wed, the first same-sex marriage ceremonies can be expected to start January 9.

(H/T: Vox)


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