- S Africa widens hunt for Zuma allies to India, China
- India best placed to leverage technology: PM
- DMK to convene 'all-party' meet on Cauvery issue
- Pak charges Rs 2.86L as route navigation charges on PM flights
- Mentally challenged person shot dead near J&K Air Force station
- FIR against Rotomac promoter for Rs 800 cr bank fraud: CBI
- PNB fraud fallout: CBI seals Brady House Branch in Mumbai
Australia legalizes same-sex marriage
Australias Parliament legalized same-sex marriage on Thursday, overcoming years of conservative resistance with an overwhelming majority vote.
Cheers and applause broke out as ministers voted in favour of the bill following hours of debate and emotional speeches at the House of Representatives. Only four MPs voted against the bill, the Australian media reported.
"This is Australia: Fair, diverse, loving and filled for respect for everyone," said an effusive Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as he introduced the bill for a final vote.
"What a day, what a day for love, for equality, for respect. Australia has done it!" said Turnbull following the announcement.
"Today we've voted for love, for equality. It's time for more marriages, more love, more respect. This belongs to us all."
Labour Party leader Bill Shorten said the new law spoke for a modern Australia, "inclusive and fair", 9news.com reported. Gay rights advocates praised the landmark vote even as they said it was long overdue.
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, a staunch critic of same-sex marriage, seemed to have softened.
"When it comes to same-sex marriage, some countries have introduced it via the courts, some via Parliament, and others - Ireland and now Australia - by vote of the people," Abbott said. "And that is the best way because it resolves this matter beyond doubt or quibble."
The bill will now go to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove for royal assent. The country is now the 24th in the world to allow same-sex couples to marry, according to Pew Research.
The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61 per cent of more than 12 million respondents were in favour of marriage equality.
Australia's first same-sex weddings will not take place until at least January due to a longstanding requirement for all Australian couples to provide a full month's notice of their intention to get married.
- News about Indian banks taking hit of $3 bn is false: Finance Ministry 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- Documents show larger conspiracy behind Gandhi's murder, SC told 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- Karnataka legislator's son surrenders in assault case 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- Irrespective of caste, creed, sex, religion India is one: Naidu 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- India best placed to leverage technology: PM 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- DMK to convene 'all-party' meet on Cauvery issue 19 Feb 2018 | PTI
- Pak charges Rs 2.86L as route navigation charges on PM flights 19 Feb 2018 | PTI
- Mentally challenged person shot dead near J&K Air Force station 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- CBI questions, books Rotomac directors as loan default is seen to touch Rs 3,695 cr 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
- PNB fraud fallout: CBI seals Brady House Branch in Mumbai 19 Feb 2018 | IANS
Sunday EditionView All
18 Feb 2018 | Gwynne Dyer
Now that Jacob Zuma has finally exited, the African National Congress, which has fallen a long way from its glory days, has one last chance to rebuild its reputation before next year’s election. Whether the ANC is the best bet for South Africans is a different question altogether As a passer-by in the upscale Johannesburg suburb of Saxonwold observed, the South African Police would never have raided the enormous, high-walled compound...
STATE EDITIONSView All
19 Feb 2018 | SURESH NIKHAR | Bokaro
A police team of Bokaro Thermal police station headed by inspector cum officer-in charge Parmeshwar Leyangi on Sunday morning conducted raids at Ganjutola in Armo forest area here and seized approx 2.5 tonnes of illegal coal along with their 4 motorcycles and 5 cycles,said Bokaro SP Kartik S...