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Australia officially legalizes same-sex marriage

Australian MPs celebrate the same-sex marriage vote
Australian MPs celebrate the passing of the Marriage Amendment Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Mick Tsikas / AAP Image via AP

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Australia, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Australia is the 26th country to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • The House of Representatives passed the legislation just before 2 a.m. ET. So now both houses of Parliament have agreed.
  • LGBTQ couples can lodge their notice of intent to marry beginning Saturday.
  • Weddings begin early next year: "After royal assent and other formalities, the law will likely take effect in about a month, with the first weddings expected about a month later."