The Australian parliament finally just approved a bill for same-sex marriage .
MPs voted overwhelmingly in favor of The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017.
Only five MPs voted against the Bill.
It come about after a lengthy non-binding voluntary postal vote where Australians voted overwhelmingly in favor of marriage equality. 61.6% of Australians voted to change the law so same-sex couples can marry.
And now celebrities are throwing their voices into the mix and congratulating our favorite land down under.
Pop princess, Kylie Minogue
— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) December 7, 2017
Aussie Drag Race star, Courtney Act
You may now officially say “CONGRATULATIONS” to Australia on #MarriageEquaility ️
— Courtney Act (@courtneyact) December 7, 2017
Director, Dustin Lance-Black
Ain’t it great to start the morning with goosebumps? Congratulations #Australia ! #MarriageEquality https://t.co/LbxY2KheG9
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) December 7, 2017
Pop diva, Ricki-Lee Coulter
AUSTRALIA JUST LEGALIZED SAME-SEX MARRIAGE!!!!!!!! ️ ️ ️ #MarriageEquality pic.twitter.com/l9LAdCZbIC
— RICKI-LEE (@TheRickiLee) December 7, 2017
Animal rights activist, Bindi Irwin
Found a rainbow on my pillow and thought about how proud I am to be an Aussie today. Marriage equality has been passed by Australian parliament.
Welcome to the bright side of history, Australia!
— Bindi Irwin (@BindiIrwin) December 7, 2017
Rugby league player, Casey Conway
Australia says yes! I finally have the same rights as my 4 brothers. I CAN GET MARRIED!
️ ❤️ ️ ❤️ ️ ❤️ #SSM2017
— Casey Conway (@caseyconway_) December 7, 2017
Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe
Thank you, Australia #yes
— Ian Thorpe (@IanThorpe) November 14, 2017
Music artist, Darren Hayes
Finally #EqualMarriage in Australia. To the people who supported us, thank you a million times over and over. To the politicians and homophobes who stood in the way, shame on you. #marriageequality
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) December 7, 2017
Video game, The Sims
We see you Australia. #marriageequality #LoveWins pic.twitter.com/BIV9uaY5rz
— The Sims (@TheSims) December 7, 2017
What happens now?
Some laws come into effect as soon as the Governor-General signs the bill. Usually, this happens seven to 10 working days from parliament approves it.
But this bill in particular has a special provision. Commencement of the law will be on ‘a single day to be fixed by proclamation’ or 28 days after Royal Assent.
MPs join onlookers in song at the Australia Parliament today (Photo: @abcnews | Twitter)
This means the government must set a date, or it will just become law 28 days after the Governor-General signs it.
Same-sex couples will then have to give one month’s notice. So we’ll likely see same-sex weddings around mid-February in Australia.
WATCH: Public gallery of Australian Parliament breaks into song as marriage equality is passed