Australia is a step closer to legalising same-sex marriage after lawmakers passed a bill in the Senate.
Liberal senator Dean Smith, who authored the bill, told his Senate colleagues before the vote that while it had been a hard journey to get to this point, the debate over the bill had been "good for the soul" of all Australians.
Senator Birmingham said while his Coalition colleagues in the House of Representatives have the right to raise more amendments, the Smith bill now "ought to pass the [Lower] House in its current form".
However, One Nation leader Pauline Hanson, who voted against gay marriage, argued the bill will "open a can of worms". The outcome was met by cheers and applause in the senate, with politicians who supported the legislation rising to their feet to embrace and congratulate one another.
Senator Abetz told Sky News this afternoon that while Australians had voted for same sex marriage, polls had also shown they had concerns about religious protections and these should have been implemented.
"Despite millions of Australian receiving their postal votes in the mail, there were many who did not receive their forms and so were deprived of their right of participating in this survey", Burston said.
There are several possible routes for law change in Australian parliamentary law - but both chambers, the House of Representatives and the Senate, must agree to an identical form. "It says you're one of us".
"Tori lost his life in the Lindt terrorist siege. I certainly am", Senator Smith said in a final speech before the vote.
"What [marriage equality] says to young LGBTIQ Australians, what it says to the young man struggling with who he is, or the young woman who feels alone and ashamed, what it says to the children of same-sex couples who feel ostracized", said Wong.
"You are a normal person and, like every other normal person, you have a need to love ..."
The vote, which went on for two months, was done via a non-binding postal survey.
Conservatives, including the Nationals MP Andrew Broad, have criticised Turnbull for not doing more to accommodate their demands, but Brandis said the government had decided not to "micro-manage" the process but rather let parliament consider a private member's bill and amendments.
The Tasmanian senator said that it should be remembered that religious rights are part of Australia's worldwide obligations, while same sex marriage was not.