Australian MPs sing celebrating marriage equality

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 01: Malcolm Turnbull prepares to deliver his National Press Club address on February 1, 2017 in Canberra, Australia. Prime Minister Turnbull will lay out his 2017 plans as pressure mounts on the Liberal Government over to deliver job opportunities and security to the Australian public. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Australia’s parliament broke into celebration as they finally introduced same-sex marriages in the country. Politicians and members of the public, watching in the gallery cheered. cried and sang of joy. The MPs broke into I Am Australian, a popular song some argue should be the country’s national anthem. This is something that has never taken place in the Parliament before. Onlookers in the packed public gallery sharing hugs, clapping hands and waving Pride flags. MPs were seen crying in the chamber, while others were lifted from their feet as the hugged colleagues.The Equality Campaign said: “This Bill ensures every LGBTI Australian will now be treated equally with the same dignity and respect as their fellow Australians and will be able to marry the person they love.To the many LGBTI Australians who have gone before us – thank you. The YES Campaign salutes you and we are eternally grateful for the path you paved, the path that enables us to be here today. Today is in your honour”.

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