|I caught this snip from the live feed as the video was playing :)|
We won. We did it. Despite the huge adversity and years of angst and frustration, the floodgates finally opened and the House of Representatives have just passed marriage equality federally. Yes, in our long fight we finally gained equality before the law. The final parliamentary vote had only five people voting against it.
It passed without amendments. Over a long drawn out day the religious exemption amendments were all solidly voted down one after the other. Not one single one survived. Abbott had his last plead at the last amendment but again for nought. The parliament would not accept superfluous, unnecessary and discriminatory legislation being included in a bill that was simply about marriage. The tenacity and gall of the RWNJ's to spend the day trying to keep putting these amendments up when they were being defeated so strongly was appalling and pathetic to watch.
The full gallery erupted singing the "We are Australian" song.
This victory however comes at a very big cost to us. The pain of the postal survey on our existence and love will be with many of us for years to come. The victory hasn't been cheap. The far right kept going right to the bitter end, and we'll never forget what no balls Turnbull put us through for the sake of his political career. To see him basking in the glory at the end in parliament today praising the postal survey was just sickening. The audacity for him to take credit for this is right over the top. The victory is ours, not his. We were the ones who paid the price for it. It feels more like limping over the line battered and bruised rather than a triumphant passing of the posts.
The religious freedom debate has been deferred to a committee to report back it's findings next year. This is a start but the fight isn't over.
|The Guardian live feed|
"I've managed to live long enough to see this unimaginable thing!" David Marr in tears on #TheDrum as #marriageequality passes the House of Representatives pic.twitter.com/HS6xuFr0Oz— ABC The Drum (@ABCthedrum) December 7, 2017
|The last division with only five people voting no|
|The Guardian live feed|
We got it done, thankyou, says Ian Thorpe. Parliament did what it said what it would do, I'm surprised, he says #marriageequality @AmyRemeikis @Paul_Karp pic.twitter.com/v22BFuOYJR— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) December 7, 2017
Australia, you had our backs, thankyou @MagdaSzubanski #marriageequality @AmyRemeikis @Paul_Karp pic.twitter.com/O26Ef3Arha— Katharine Murphy (@murpharoo) December 7, 2017
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
Finally! We have #MarriageEquality— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) December 7, 2017
All credit goes to the brave, resilient and fearless #LGBTIQ community who fought for decades for today.
Ashamed about what you were put through but so bloody happy right now. LOVE to you all 🌈❤❤❤❤
|Dragging this gov kicking and screaming into this century|
A tearful Tanya Plibersek, with Bill Shorten, Trent Zimmerman, Warren Entsch &Julia Banks sing "we are Australian" with the public after the vote in the house @AmyRemeikis @murpharoo @GuardianAus #politicslive https://t.co/Jz9pqczrVe #SSM #loveisloveislove pic.twitter.com/I7CxHK6xPZ— Mikearoo (@mpbowers) December 7, 2017