After years of debate, Australia's Parliament has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, becoming the 24th in the world to do so, CNN reported.
Only four members opposed the measure.
At one moment, the ministers on the House floor and guests in the gallery began singing "I am, you are, we are Australian."
Recently, a national survey showed that 61 percent of more than 12 million respondents favored marriage equality.
The first same-sex weddings cannot take place until January, as all couples are required to give a month's notice.
"We welcome Australia into the growing family of freedom loving nations that ensure marriage equality for all couples," said Ty Cobb, director of HRC ( Human Rights Campaign ) Global, in a statement. "The overwhelming support for marriage equality Down Under is a testament to the hard work of Australia's LGBTQ advocates and allies who fought tirelessly to make today a reality. We congratulate them on this incredibly important victory."The CNN article is at www.cnn.com/2017/12/07/asia/australia-same-sex-marriage-intl/index.html .