"The overwhelming final lower house vote ... is a hugely welcome result after the weeks, months and years of campaigning, particularly after the more recent anxiety and distress for LGBTIQ people and our families", Sally Goldner, a bisexual and transgender rights advocate in the city of Melbourne, told the Washington Blade after the vote.
"What a day for equality, for love and respect", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said after the decision was delivered.
The Australian Parliament has voted to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change. "... It is time for more marriages".
Applause reportedly rang out in the viewing gallery when the bill was passed.
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Or people who voted yes.
Opponents of the changes argued they would legalize discrimination against the gay community. They were warned multiple times that parliamentary rules prohibit them from making noise and even applauding.
If any of the amendments were successful, the Bill would have to go back to the Senate.
They continued: "Because the separation into two legal institutions expresses that people with same-sex sexual orientation are not the same people with different sexual orientation".
The law will come into effect in the new year.
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"The Parliament has got on with it and we have voted today for a equality, for love, it is time for more marriages, more commitment, more love, more respect, and we respect every Australian who was voted, those who voted yes, and those who voted no, this belongs to us all, this is Australia!".
The Senate has already passed the bill without amendments and the House of Representatives is expected to do the same later today.
Fewer than five of 150 MPs voted against the law same-sex marriage.
Australia is the 25th country in the world to have marriage equality for same-sex couples.
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