Melbourne, marriage equality is about to become a reality.
Let that sink in.
The final vote on legalising same-sex marriage was held in the House of Representatives today, and it flippin’ passed.
There were smiles, there were cheers, there was even a bit of a sing-a-long.
Amendments to the bill were defeated, with LGBTIQ couples expected to be able to legally get married in Australia early in 2018.
It’s a massive day for all Australians, but there’s no doubt the LGBTIQ community will be copping this decision right in the feels for a number of reasons.
We’ve compiled some of the best #MarriageEquality tweets from today that we think sums it all up.
Warning: You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll get irate and then you’ll swell with national pride.
The best Marriage Equality tweets
Finally! We have #MarriageEquality
All credit goes to the brave, resilient and fearless #LGBTIQ community who fought for decades for today.
Ashamed about what you were put through but so bloody happy right now. LOVE to you all 🌈❤❤❤❤
— Kon Karapanagiotidis (@Kon__K) December 7, 2017
— Van Badham ✊🏻🌈 (@vanbadham) December 7, 2017
Wow. Australian Parliament pauses as the gallery sings “I am, you are, we are Australian”, upon pssing #MarriageEquality laws
— Hamish Macdonald (@hamishNews) December 7, 2017
2005: Spain, Canada
2006: South Africa
2009: Norway, Sweden
2010: Portugal, Iceland, Argentina
2013: NZ, France, Uruguay, Brazil
2015: Luxembourg, US
2017: Finland, Malta, Germany
— Andrew Brown (@AndrewBrownAU) December 7, 2017
— Jen Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley) December 7, 2017
It’s moments like this when I reflect on the fact that just a few years ago I wanted to end my life. Today makes me want to live it more than ever! ❤️🙏🏼🏳️🌈 #ItGetsBetter #MarriageEquality #LoveIsLove
— Dean Nye (@Dean_Nye) December 7, 2017
Guys, I honestly cannot watch anymore so my boyfriend and I have gone to Costco. Just to recharge the gay a bit. #marriageequality
— Joel Creasey (@joelcreasey) December 7, 2017
— Deirdre (@figgled) December 7, 2017
Congratulations to all those activists who worked so hard for so many years – this is your victory. Australia finally has #MarriageEquality 💖💖💖🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈
— Upulie Divisekera (@upulie) December 7, 2017
— DarrenWheels (@DarrenWheels) December 7, 2017
“I can’t wait to turn up at the local church and demand they marry us” said no gay person ever. #marriageequality
— clara henders 🌈 (@CC_Henders) December 7, 2017
To those who didn’t live to see this day. To the amazing lesbian women who nurtured me as I came out and whose beloved partners died before their marriages could be legal. To those we lost too young to suicide. You are held in my heart. In all our hearts. #MarriageEquality
— Avril (@DocAvvers) December 7, 2017
i need to pay my respects to the LGBTQI+ gens who faced the worst of the worst queer battles. we would not be here without those people, the 78ers, the LGBTQI+ elders who paved the way, the proud fearless queers who faced death by coming out. i am so thankful. #marriageequality
— chloe sargeant🏳️🌈 (@chlosarge) December 7, 2017
#marriageequality is now law, there's a new ep of #Riverdale on netflix and I just discovered lactose free chocolate milk in the cold dairy section at the shops. As far as Thursday's go, this one has been pretty damn tops. 👌🌈❤
— Chantelle Pearn (@Channy_Lou89) December 7, 2017
Today is a momentous day. #MarriageEquality has passed through Parliament, ensuring marriage equality for all.
We believe we can’t be a city for all people unless all people are treated equally. We’re glad everyone in our community is now free to marry the person they love. pic.twitter.com/WHlNYBVuBf
— City of Melbourne (@cityofmelbourne) December 7, 2017
It took too long. It hurt too many. But we are finally there, Australia. The patience, dignity and resilience of the LGBTQI community has been extraordinary….and I'm available for weddings… #MarriageEquality
— Charlie Pickering (@charliepick) December 7, 2017
Australia has passed #marriageequality. I want to pay tribute to every single LGBTI person and ally who fought for years to get us to this moment. Today is our day. Today love won, and all Australians are better off for it. 🏳️🌈
— Jason Ball (@jasonballau) December 7, 2017
— Chris 🌈 (@ibby85_) December 7, 2017
Feels good to be Australian when we take another small step forward towards a truly just, fair and compassionate society. We can get there. And to those who would keep us in the past, your days are numbered. #marriageequality
— Rohan Connolly (@rohan_connolly) December 7, 2017
— Peter Broelman (@Broelman) December 7, 2017