Australian Senate passes gay marriage bill in key step

2017-11-29 20:38
Members of the gay community and their supporters celebrate the result of a postal survey calling for gay marriage right in Sydney on November 15. (Rick Rycroft, AP)

Members of the gay community and their supporters celebrate the result of a postal survey calling for gay marriage right in Sydney on November 15. (Rick Rycroft, AP)

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Sydney - Australia's upper house senate on Wednesday passed a bill paving the way for the legalisation of gay marriage, rejecting a conservative push to broaden religious freedom protections.

The law is expected to pass through the lower house of Parliament comfortably in coming weeks after most lawmakers agreed to honour "the will of Australians" who voted in favour of same-sex marriage in a nationwide postal vote.

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