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Australia Passes Gay Marriage Law That Will Force New Ministers to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

12-07-2017

Australia's Parliament has voted to legalize gay marriage.

The bill defines marriage as 'a union between two persons.' It should become law in about a month.

Churches, religious organizations and existing ministers are not required to perform gay wedding ceremonies.

However, ministers who are licensed after the law passes will have to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies or be in violation of anti-discrimination laws.

Australian lawmakers rejected amendments to the bill protecting freedom of speech and religion.

 

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