Richard Rawstorn (L) with Richard Andrew in New Zealand walk down the isle after getting married during the country's first same sex marriage in August 2013. Marty Melville—AFP/Getty Images Australians have voted for marriage laws to be changed allowing same-sex marriage in Nov. 2017. Scott Barbour—Getty Images Finland approved a bill allowing homosexual marriage in Nov. 2014. Mikko Stig—AFP/Getty Images LGTB activists demonstrate outside the Colombian Congress in Bogota on April 23, 2013. Eitan Abramovich—AFP/Getty Images Scottish couple Joe Schofield (R) and Malcolm Brown from Tullibody, Clackmannanshire married in December 2014. Mark Runnacles—Getty Images Joyce and Gabrieli hold hands in Brazil at what was billed as the world's largest communal gay wedding on December 8, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro. Mario Tama—Getty Images Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel (R) holds the hand of his partner, Belgian Gauthier Destenay, as they arrive for their wedding ceremony at Luxembourg's city hall in May 2015. Francois Lenoir—Reuters European gays wave a giant rainbow flag in Belgium, Brussels in May 2013. Sander de Wilde—Corbis via Getty Images Irish newly married couple Richard Dowling (L) and Cormac Gollogly (R) can be seen as the first ever same sex marriage in Ireland on November 17, 2015. Charles McQuillan—Getty Images At Denmark's annual gay parade, a gay couple dressed like Batman and Robin in 2010. Pymca/UIG via Getty Images Germany's MP's from the Green party celebrate with confetti following a debate and vote on same-sex marriage in Berlin on June 30, 2017. Tobias Schwarz—AFP/Getty Images Two women hug each other as they celebrate after the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon approved giving couples -including unmarried and same-sex couples- full rights to adoption in Nov. 2015. Patricia de Melo Moreira—AFP/Getty Images Demonstrators stand on the Carpeaux fountain in the Paris Luxembourg gardens during the homosexual, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (HLBT) visibility march, on June 29, 2013 in Paris. Martin Bureau—AFP/Getty Images A customer is measured by Santiago Porrero (C) in a new wedding shop catering specifically for gay men in Barcelona in May 2007. Cesar Rangel—AFP/Getty Images Gays and lesbians parade in the streets of the Cape Town business district during the Gay Pride parade in South Africa in February 2007. Gianluigi Guercia—AFP/Getty Images A couple poses for a photo during the Grand Pride Wedding, a mass gay wedding in Canada on June 26, 2014. Geoff Robins—AFP/Getty Images Stuart Gaffney (L) and John Lewis (C), plaintiffs in the 2008 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) case, celebrate while traveling along Market Street during the annual Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco, California on June 28, 2015. Josh Edelson—AFP/Getty Images Ewa Tomaszewicz (R) and her partner Gosia Rawinska are married in a civil ceremony onboard a Scandinavian Airlines flight from Stockholm to Newark December 6, 2010. Bob Strong—Reuters Rodrigo Borda (R) and Sergio Miranda are congratulated in Uruguay by relatives and friends after getting married at the civil registry in Montevideo in August 2013. Pablo Porciuncula—AFP/Getty Images Gay campaigners drive a bus past London's Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords on July 15, 2013. AFP/Getty Images Norwegian Church Council Leader Kristin Gunleiksrud Raaum (c-l) and Chairman of the Oslo Diocesan Council Gard Sandaker-nielsen (c-r) vote on gay marriage within the Norwegian Church in Trondheim, Norway in April 2016. Martin Wold/Epa/REX/Shutterstock Some of 3,000 people protest on April 8, 2013 against Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Amsterdam with rainbow flags. Robin Utrecht—AFP/Getty Images People celebrate in Saint George's Square after the Maltese parliament approved a civil unions bill in Valletta on April 14, 2014. Matthew Mirabelli—AFP/Getty Images Russian citizens Alexander Eremeev (L) and Dimitry Zaytsev celebrate in Buenos Aires, Argentina after their wedding ceremony at a civil registry office in 2014. Marcos Brindicci—Reuters Icelandic Newlyweds Dufa Drofn Asbjornsdottir and Diana Dogg Hreinsdottir pose om September 25, 2010. Ingolfur Juliusson—Reuters
Australia’s Federal Parliament voted in a landslide to
legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday. Only four members of 150-seat parliament opposed the change after a public vote in November showed overwhelming support for marriage equality.
This makes Australia the
26th nation in the world that allows same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research Center.
The Netherlands was the first country to legalize same-sex marriage in December 2000.
The 2015 Supreme Court ruling on
Obergefell v. Hodges made same-sex marriage legal in the U.S. after a sweeping change in public opinion on the issue. As of 2001, 57% of Americans opposed same-sex marriage. But the tides have turned in a big way: Today, 62% support it, according to Pew Research.
However, the Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in
a case that considers the legal relationship between gay rights and religious freedom. The justices are divided over whether a baker discriminated against a gay couple when he refused to create their wedding cake in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
The ruling could have
wide-ranging implications for anti-discrimination laws, for the LGBT community and other minorities in the U.S.
Couples in Australia have to give 28 days’ notice before marrying, so the first same-sex ceremonies won’t take place until January 2018. One parliamentarian wasted no time.
Tom Wilson asked his partner, Ryan Bolger, to
marry him during a speech in Parliament on Monday. The House of Representatives said it was the first time that a politician has proposed from the floor of the governing body. Bolger said yes.