Love Wins: Marriage Equality Just Passed Parliament!

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Will you marry me? Australian politician proposes to his partner in parliament

A final parliamentary vote on a bill to legalise same-sex marriage could come as early as Thursday.

As the Senate has already passed the bill, all that needs to happen now for same-sex marriage to be well and truly legal is to have the Governor-General ratify the bill.

Tim Wilson, a 37-year-old lawmaker in the conservative coalition government, was among the first lawmakers to join the House of Representatives debate and toward the end of his speech popped the question to his partner of seven years Ryan Bolger, who was watching from the public gallery.

Media captionWill you marry me?

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The bill passed with only five MPs dissenting.

The House of Representatives is widely expected to vote to allow same-sex marriage across the nation.

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

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the new law spoke for a modern Australia, "inclusive and fair".

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"Australia has done it", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told the House.

"We have made sure that we have removed any element of discrimination in this bill while ensuring that religious freedoms are protected", he added. Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot by last month.

Not all speeches backed gay marriage, however.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

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