Less than a day after marriage equality passed for Australia, the major parties are each trying to take credit for the achievement.

Malcolm Turnbull has accused Labor of playing “petty politics” over marriage equality, according to The Australian.

Turnbull this morning said the historic change was “one of the most remarkable moments in our history”, and claimed he was the first Australian prime minister to commit to marriage equality.

Former PM Tony Abbott just weeks ago began backpedalling on marriage equality, claiming after years of opposition that it was actually his idea.

Turnbull told Channel Seven’s Sunrise today that Labor “appeared to be taking credit for other people’s work”.

“The Labor Party were in government for six years and both PMs Rudd and Gillard said they were opposed to it, and obviously Tony Abbott was,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The big game changer … was the postal survey. I promised at the last election to give everyone their say. Labor did everything they could to stop that happening.

“It was just plain petty politics.

“The Labor Party voted for it, which was good, but they did everything possible to stop people having their say.”

LGBTI couples can lodge intentions to wed from tomorrow, meaning the first weddings under the new law can take place from January 9.

Couples whose overseas marriages were not previously valid in Australia will have their unions recognised from today.

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