Australian lawmaker says uncertainty won't stop gay marriage

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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.

Same-sex marriage supporters wearing colourful "Yes" T-shirts clapped and cheered as amendments were voted down, prompting repeated warnings they should stop their barracking.

Liberal MP Tim Wilson proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger shortly after the bill was introduced to the lower house.

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

"There's only one thing left to do: Ryan Patrick Bolger, will you marry me?"

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She moved to Kentucky two years ago, then specifically moved to Rowan County so she could marry her wife there last year. Davis's attorney, Mat Staver, attacked Ermold as a novice who would have "no idea how to run a clerk's office".

The bill passed with only five MPs dissenting.

From heartfelt to bizarrely offensive, the debates to allow same-sex marriage couples to marry became emotionally charged ahead of the final vote on same-sex marriage on December 7.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament, just after a round of applause across the chamber and in the public gallery, the legal change belonged to all Australians.

"We have made sure that we have removed any element of discrimination in this bill while ensuring that religious freedoms are protected", he added. Dutton said none of his allies meant to delay gay marriage until those safeguards were decided.

Gay marriage was endorsed by 62 percent of Australian voters who responded to a government-commissioned postal ballot last month.

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