Parliament set to pass historic bill legalising gay marriage

Supporters of same-sex marriage pose for photographers with the rainbow flag during a rally on the front lawn of Parliament House ahead of the vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill, at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Supporters of same-sex marriage pose for photographers with the rainbow flag during a rally on the front lawn of Parliament House ahead of the vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill, at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
Christine Forster, Alex Greenwich, Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe and Anna Brown during a rally on the front lawn of Parliament House ahead of the vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill, at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Christine Forster, Alex Greenwich, Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe and Anna Brown during a rally on the front lawn of Parliament House ahead of the vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill, at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Magda Szubanski. Excitement grows on the Parliament House lawns as the Same Sex Marriage bill is expected to move through both houses today. Photo: Nick Moir

Magda Szubanski. Excitement grows on the Parliament House lawns as the Same Sex Marriage bill is expected to move through both houses today. Photo: Nick Moir

Julie Bishop MP speaking about Sen Sam Dastyari and the SSM bill today. Photo: Nick Moir

Julie Bishop MP speaking about Sen Sam Dastyari and the SSM bill today. Photo: Nick Moir

Warren Entsch MP speaks in house of reps SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Warren Entsch MP speaks in house of reps SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Warren Entsch MP speaks in house of reps SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Warren Entsch MP speaks in house of reps SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Adam Bandt introduces amendments to SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Adam Bandt introduces amendments to SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Tony Abbott MP speaks for amendments to the SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Tony Abbott MP speaks for amendments to the SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Tim Wilson MP walking the chamber as he waits for the vote on SSM as amendments are considered. Photo: Nick Moir

Tim Wilson MP walking the chamber as he waits for the vote on SSM as amendments are considered. Photo: Nick Moir

Labor MP Kate Ellis' 4-month-old baby Charlie listens from the frontbench as Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke tables a document at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Labor MP Kate Ellis' 4-month-old baby Charlie listens from the frontbench as Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke tables a document at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Labor MP Kate Ellis' 4-month-old baby Charlie listens from the frontbench as Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke tables a document at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Labor MP Kate Ellis' 4-month-old baby Charlie listens from the frontbench as Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke tables a document at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

An amendment by Michael Sukkar was soundly voted against. Photo: Nick Moir

An amendment by Michael Sukkar was soundly voted against. Photo: Nick Moir

Tony Abbott continues to robustly support amendments to the SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Tony Abbott continues to robustly support amendments to the SSM bill. Photo: Nick Moir

Malcolm Turnbull PM during division where his side was well outnumbered.
Photo: Nick Moir

Malcolm Turnbull PM during division where his side was well outnumbered. Photo: Nick Moir

Julie Bishop seemed confused during a division on an SSM amendment, first sitting No then Yes. Photo: Nick Moir

Julie Bishop seemed confused during a division on an SSM amendment, first sitting No then Yes. Photo: Nick Moir

Labor MP Joanne Ryan during debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Labor MP Joanne Ryan during debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Malcolm Turnbull rejects an opposition request to defer question time. Malcolm Turnbull PM during division where his side was well outnumbered. Photo: Nick Moir

Malcolm Turnbull rejects an opposition request to defer question time. Malcolm Turnbull PM during division where his side was well outnumbered. Photo: Nick Moir

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce looks for something under  the frontbench as he arrives for Question Time at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce looks for something under the frontbench as he arrives for Question Time at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

An aggressive Dep PM Barnaby Joyce attacks the opposition about Senator Dastyari. Photo: Nick Moir

An aggressive Dep PM Barnaby Joyce attacks the opposition about Senator Dastyari. Photo: Nick Moir

Labor MP Emma Husar reacts to comments by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce during Question Time at Parliament Hous. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Labor MP Emma Husar reacts to comments by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce during Question Time at Parliament Hous. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Senator George Brandis with Tim Wilson MP during a division. Photo: Nick Moir

Senator George Brandis with Tim Wilson MP during a division. Photo: Nick Moir

Barnaby Joyce speaks to an SSM amendment mentioning his own separation. Photo: Nick Moir

Barnaby Joyce speaks to an SSM amendment mentioning his own separation. Photo: Nick Moir

Warren Entsch hides his face as Bob Katter speaks to House of Representatives about the SSM bill amendment. Photo: Nick Moir

Warren Entsch hides his face as Bob Katter speaks to House of Representatives about the SSM bill amendment. Photo: Nick Moir

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten helps load the van with gifts from the Kmart wishing tree at the Prime Minister's office at Parliament House in Canberra.l Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten helps load the van with gifts from the Kmart wishing tree at the Prime Minister's office at Parliament House in Canberra.l Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale with the gifts for the Kmart wishing tree at the Prime Minister's office at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Greens Leader Richard Di Natale with the gifts for the Kmart wishing tree at the Prime Minister's office at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull helps load the van with gifts from the Kmart wishing tree at the Prime Minister's office at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull helps load the van with gifts from the Kmart wishing tree at the Prime Minister's office at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Tony Abbott . Photo: Nick Moir

Tony Abbott . Photo: Nick Moir

Professor Kerryn Phelps, Christine Forster, Alex Greenwich, Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe and Anna Brown during a rally on the front lawn of Parliament House ahead of the vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Professor Kerryn Phelps, Christine Forster, Alex Greenwich, Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe and Anna Brown during a rally on the front lawn of Parliament House ahead of the vote on the Marriage Amendment Bill. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Greens Senators Sarah Hanson-Young, Janet Rice, Richard Di Natale and Nick McKim during debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Greens Senators Sarah Hanson-Young, Janet Rice, Richard Di Natale and Nick McKim during debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill at Parliament House. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Senators George Brandis, Marise Payne and Simon Birmingham during debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Senators George Brandis, Marise Payne and Simon Birmingham during debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill at Parliament House in Canberra. Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Sen Penny Wong and Sen Dean Smith enter the House of Representatives ahead of SSM vote. Photo: Nick Moir

Sen Penny Wong and Sen Dean Smith enter the House of Representatives ahead of SSM vote. Photo: Nick Moir

IT'S DONE

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