‘O Canada’ will become gender neutral

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OTTAWA (CNN) Canada's Senate has passed a bill making the country's national anthem gender neutral.

If you're not familiar with the words to "O Canada," here's how the first few lines of the English version originally read: O Canada! / Our home and native land! / True patriot love in all thy sons command.

The bill changes the phrase "in all thy sons command" to "in all of us command."

It must now receive "royal assent" from the governor general before it becomes law. The move, sponsored by late politician Mauril Bélanger, was praised by prominent Canadians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and "The Handmaid's Tale" author Margaret Atwood.

The bill passed Canada's House of Commons in 2016 but spent 18 months under debate in the Senate, where it faced opposition from some members of the Conservative Party.

"O Canada" became Canada's national anthem in 1980, and since then, changes to the lyrics have been proposed several times. This is the first time such a proposal has been successful.