The bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed the Senate today.
The Senate passed the bill with 43 members in favour and 12 against. The decision means it will go to the House of Representatives next week for a final vote.
'I am so proud of Australian democracy today, more proud than I have ever been,' Attorney-General George Brandis said.
'Nobody owns this result but the Australian people themselves.'
While Mr Brandis said he did not support holding a plebiscite he was happy about what it had achieved.
'I am so glad it happened this way. I am so glad we involved every man and woman in Australia in this historic decision. I am delighted the result was an overwhelming Yes.
'We should rejoice in what the Australian people have achieved this year.'
The bill just needs to pass the House of Representatives before the decision becomes final.