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Australia legalises same-sex marriage

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 A same-sex marriage campaigner poses for pictures during an equality rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, December 7, 2017. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Same-sex couples will be allowed to marry in Australia after new laws cleared federal parliament.

Only four MPs in the lower house voted against a private bill on Thursday, just over a week after it was agreed to by the Senate.

It went through unchanged, despite a push from conservative politicians for additional exemptions - including for religious organisations, civil celebrants and Defence chaplains.

© AAP 2017