The Equality Campaign today welcomed the Australian Senate's decision to recognise the will of the Australian people by passing the marriage equality Bill before the Senate.
"The senate has acted on the mandate that the Australian people delivered and have voted overwhelmingly for fairness and equality," said Alex Greenwich of the Equality Campaign.
"Just as Australians came together for marriage equality, so has the Senate, and now it's time for the momentum to carry the reform through the House of Representatives.
"We got here thanks to the hard work and passionate campaigning of so many people across the country who stood up for a fair go for all," Alex Greenwich said.
"This victory is the culmination of more than a decade's work by supporters of equality," said Anna Brown of the Equality Campaign.
"Each and every person who has campaigned for equality, each Australian who stood up and voted YES, and, today, every Senator from every political party who voted in favour of equality and fairness," Anna Brown said.
"During the debate we saw history being made with LGBTI members from all major parties leading the debate. Our supporters in parliament stared down efforts by religious conservatives to introduce new forms of discrimination against LGBTI people," Anna Brown said.
"Next week the Bill moves to the House of Representatives and we urge the Parliament to get on with it as Australians are not interested in delaying marriage equality any longer.
"Australians did their job and overwhelmingly said YES to marriage equality in one of the biggest political mandates in Australian history. It is now time for the House of Representatives to pass the marriage equality Bill so Australia can move forward as a fairer and more equal nation," Anna Brown concluded.