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Australian Lawmakers From Opposing Parties Hug Joyously After Same-Sex Marriage Vote

We needed this today.

12/07/2017 12:32 EST

Love brings people together.

The Australian Parliament approved the country’s vote to make marriage equality the law of the land on Thursday. Amid the joyous celebration that followed, one photo stood out: two lawmakers from opposing parties embracing as one triumphantly jumps into the air. 

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The pair are Labor MP Linda Burney and Liberal MP Warren Enstch, according to Business Insider.

Burney returned from leave specifically to vote yes on the legislation following the death of her son in October. Her son, Binni Kirkbright-Burney, was gay.

“I support marriage equality as someone who has and has had loved ones who identify as LGBTQI,” she said in an emotional speech.

Congrats to our LGBTQ brothers, sister and siblings in Aussieland!