The Marriage Equality Act has passed its second reading in the Senate and the House of Representatives, with the Government passing a motion to move the bill to the upper house, and will be debated on the floor of both houses.
The Marriage Act was passed by the Australian Senate in December 2016.
The legislation would give same-sex couples the right to marry in Australia, but would not affect existing marriages.
The bill will be sent to the President for signature.
The Senate also passed the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill, which will provide for same-day marriage recognition, and the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill, giving same-gender couples the same rights and protections under the law.
The same-year Marriage Equality (Same-Sex Couples Rights) Bill was passed to the Upper House in the same year, but failed to pass in the House.
The House of Assembly has now passed the same-marriage equality bill, but it is not expected to be passed before the end of the year.
The federal Marriage Equality Implementation Bill will also go to the Senate for final passage, and then to the lower house.
The bill is likely to face further resistance from the Liberal Party, which has made a number of controversial changes to the legislation, including removing provisions to extend protection to LGBTI people in prisons, while changing the definition of marriage to only include a man and a woman.
Key points:Same-sex marriage will now be recognised across Australia as long as it is “in the best interests of the person”The bill will allow same-semester marriages in the states, but not in the territoriesIf a same-age couple marries within Australia, the marriage will be recognised in all states and territoriesThe bill was introduced in March and was passed in May, and is now in the upper chamber, which is the lower chamber of Parliament.
In June, the Government announced it would pass the Marriage Amendment Act for next year, which would allow same sex couples to marry across Australia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said the bill would allow gay couples to “come home”.
“Same-gender marriage will soon be recognised throughout Australia and a marriage that takes place in a state that recognises it will be honoured in all other states and Territories,” he said.
“It is a marriage between a man (a person of the same gender) and a man or woman (a same- gender person) and they will be entitled to the same civil rights, entitlements and protections as any other couple.”
Same-semeasure legislation is not the only piece of legislation to be debated in the Parliament in the coming months.
Both the Federal Parliament and the Northern Territory Parliament will debate the bill on the same day.
Labor has also made changes to changes to legislation that was introduced by the Newman Government in March, which included a number amendments to legislation.