Marriage Equality Passed In Australian SenateForty-three votes have passed the Marriage Equality bill to 12!

History was made today when the Senate passed the marriage equality Bill by 43 votes to 12, succeeding were more than 20 previous attempts have failed.

Two weeks after the survey vote was announced, the Senate said YES to equality, voting down amendments designed to rewind discrimination protections. Talk about the best cherry on top; this is a historic moment.

This is the first time a marriage equality bill has ever passed through a chamber of parliament.

This victory is the culmination of over a decade of work by supporters of marriage equality like you.

Whether it was activism right from the start, calling YES supporters to make sure they posted their YES votes, or even having a conversation with friends, family, or colleagues, it’s all contributed to this historic moment.

Of course, the Bill still needs to pass the House of Representatives. For now, it’s looking as though Turnbull’s promise to “get this done” before Christmas will pull through, as it’s anticipated that it will be passed next week. The sitting was initially scheduled for this week but was controversially cancelled by the Government.

Christopher Pine explained that the cancellation was so Parliament could focus exclusively on marriage equality. However, Labor opposition suggested it was to side-step the possibility of losing votes on the floor due to the Government’s situation of having two MPs mixed up in the all-consuming dual citizenship drama.

Labor Senator Penny Wong expressed how important this moment was to the LGBTI community and the entire country.

“Today, we stand on the cusp of a remarkable achievement and a historic event,” she said. “Every day, it is a great privilege to stand in this place, but there are some days which are a great moment, which change our country for the better. This is such a day.”

Before the vote, Liberal Senator Dean Smith, responsible for writing the cross-party same-sex marriage bill that was passed, brought up the death of Tori Johnson in the Martin Place Lindt Cafe Siege, revealing the Australian had an impact on his support for marriage equality.

“Tori lost his life in the Lindt terrorist siege. He was brave and had a partner named Thomas,” Smith said. “I thought of their loss, and it changed me. I realised that people with real lives deserve their love to be blessed and affirmed by the institution of marriage if they so choose.”

Next to a jubilant Janet Rice, he praised the leaders and activists before, who tirelessly fought for marriage equality in a time where it was exceedingly more complex than what we know today.

The Senate exploded with high-spirited applause when the Bill was passed, paving the way for a jolly Christmas.

Considering the 43 to 12 result, it’s safe to say; that today will be one penned in the history books as a landslide victory.