Marriage Equality Passes Australia’s Parliament in Landslide

Australia’s parliament on Thursday passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage, becoming the 26th nation to do so. The House of Representatives passed the historic legislation to a standing ovation from both parliamentarians and the public gallery. Some in the chamber started singing one of the country’s unofficial anthems: “I am, you are, we are Australian.” Fewer than five members of parliament voted against the bill. “What a day. What a day for love, for equality, for respect,” said Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. “It is time for more marriages.”