Same sex marriage: ACT Legislative Assembly debates laws

Same sex marriage: ACT Legislative Assembly debates laws

That's were we'll leave the live coverage. But we'll continue to keep you across the story today as supporters, commentators and those opposed react to the passing of the bill.

You can stay up to date via the homepage and you can read a wrap of how the debate unfolded here.

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There have been tears ad hugs as marriage equality supporters celebrate the passage of the bill. Some have held up rainbow-coloured "thank you signs.''

Under a "pair'' arrangement, Liberal MLA Andrew Wall abstained to allow Ms Porter to leave the chamber.

Law professor George Williams says the ACT Marriage Equality Bill fills in the gaps not covered by federal marriage law, and so will authorise not only same-sex people to marry but also transgender and intersex people.

You can read his opinion piece here.


Social media reaction to the bill's passing is coming thick and fast.

Actually that final vote was eight votes to seven, because Labor MLA Mary Porter had to step out of the chamber.

Supporters singing "love is in the air''.

And the historic same-sex marriage bill passes the ACT Legislative Assembly by eight votes to seven.


Mr Rattenbury says the government will continue to consider all the legal advice. Can we expect more amendments after the bill is passed?

Liberals are opposing a bid by Labor for last-minute amendments to be debated. Liberal Leader Jeremy Hanson says the 25 amendments should have been sent to the scrutiny of bills committee before being considered by the full chamber.

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