Same-sex marriage bill clears Federal Parliament

Same-sex marriage is set to be passed into law as the final vote on the bill proposed by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott is carried out

But same-sex weddings will not happen in Australia until January 2018 because same-sex couples will still need to lodge a Notice of Intended Marriage, which must be completed a month before the wedding.

Same-sex marriage will become legal in Australia after a historic bill was passed in the House of Representatives.

Turnbull, a gay marriage supporter, says he wants wedding celebrants, not just those affiliated with churches, to have the right to refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government had introduced the Bill after a postal ballot indicated widespread support for same-sex marriage across the country.

Under political pressure to find a solution, the ruling Liberal National Coalition government announced the non-compulsory survey in August, saying if the result was "yes" they would allow a free vote in Parliament.

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"In my first speech I defined our bond by the ring that sits on both of our left hands, and they are the answer to a question we can not ask", an emotional Wilson said, referring to the first time he addressed the Parliament previous year.

"This is a day for every Australian".

Linda Burney, who took leave after a family tragedy, on Tuesday gave a speech in support of gay marriage, paying tribute to her son Binni, who took his own life at the end of October.

"A promise was made by the leaders of this parliament and this promise has not been adequately delivered on", Mr Abbott said.

Fighting back tears, Liberal MP Sarah Henderson told the story Wednesday night of a close gay friend of hers who died months ago and who, in one of their last conversations, asked her to continue to push for same-sex marriage.

Marriage equality campaigners have fought for years for Thursday's vote.

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