Australia edges closer to same-sex marriage vote

Same-sex marriage supporters outside Australia's parliament on ThursdayImage copyright
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Same-sex marriage supporters outside Australia’s parliament on Thursday

An Australian parliamentary vote on whether to legalise same-sex marriage is imminent after MPs reached the final stages of debate on a historic bill.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to pass the legislation on Thursday, after the bill drew broad cross-party support.

The Senate voted decisively in favour of the legislation last week.

Many same-sex marriage supporters have travelled to Canberra to witness the outcome in the lower house.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government introduced the bill after Australians overwhelmingly voted in support of same-sex marriage in a national vote.

More than 100 MPs have spoken on the legislation since it was tabled in the House of Representatives.

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If approved without amendments, the bill will become law.

More than 12.7 million people – about 79.5% of eligible voters – took part in the national poll, which ran for eight weeks.

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