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We are simply Australians one and all.

"We'll share a dream and sing with one voice".

The Australia of tomorrow begins with what we do today.

Australia has become the 26th country to formally legalize same-sex marriage after a historic vote this Thursday. Queues of people lined up to watch the debate from the public gallery, with some dancing and cheering.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had then said that the "overwhelming" result meant that his government would aim to change the law in parliament before Christmas. "Australia has done it!"

A short time later, he tweeted: "Out of respect for the millions of Australians who take religious freedom seriously, I moved my amendment, out of respect for the millions who want the SSM bill swiftly passed I chose not to divide on it".

In June, the United Nations Human Rights Committee said Australia's transgender "forced divorce" laws were in violation of worldwide human rights law.

The first wedding is likely to be held in February next year.

Tracy Clark and her partner Justyna Greinart embrace as they gather with a crowd of people to watch a large television screen at Federation Square as it is announced that same-sex marriage will be legal in Australia with Parliament agreeing to change the Marriage Act and end the ban on gay and lesbian couples marrying on December 7, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

The author of the cross-party bill, the Liberal senator Dean Smith, told ABC News the passage of marriage equality was "a measure of what can be done when people put some of their partisan politics behind".

"It's a historic day for Australia today and I think the celebrations around the country when we finally ... achieve marriage equality are going to be huge", Greens party senator Janet Rice said.

"To the many LGBTI Australians who have gone before us - thank you". Today is in your honour. "This is a great day, it belongs to every Australian".

"This has been a tough road for LGBTI Australians, their families and friends". "It is time for more marriages, more equality, more love".

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