Australia hails ‘day for love’

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia became the 26th nation to legalise same-sex marriage yesterday, prompting cheers and singing from a packed parliament public gallery in a country where some states ruled homosexual acts to be illegal until just 20 years ago. Lawmakers, who had cast aside a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples, waved rainbow flags and embraced on the floor of the chamber, after the overwhelming vote in favour of the bill. Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against it. “What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “It is time for more marriages.” The law, which will also recognise same-sex marriages solemnised in foreign countries, takes effect from tomorrow.

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