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Senator Breaks Down In Moving Speech As Gay Marriage Debate Begins In Australia


Earlier this month, Australia overwhelmingly backed equal marriage after the results of an eight week long non-binding postal vote were revealed. More than 12.7 million people, around 79.5 percent of voters, responded, and of those, 61.6 percent backed same-sex marriage. 

The day of the results, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that the government will aim to legalize same-sex marriage by Christmas, and on Monday, a bill was introduced for debate in the Senate. 

One of the moments from the first day of debates that got people talking was a passionate speech by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who made an emotional and tearful plea to her fellow senators.