December 15, 2018

Another same-sex marriage bill proposed

15 November 2017, 04:40 | Devin Moran

Supporters of marriage equality gather to celebrate the results of the survey in Sydney on Wednesday. | William West AFP

Australians vote ‘overwhelmingly yes’ to legalise same-sex marriage

In a historic moment for the Australian Parliament, Liberal senator Dean Smith has introduced the bill expected to legalise same-sex marriage.

A majority "yes" vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates across the country, as well as each state and territory.

It was drafted with support from Labor and some crossbenchers including the Greens, which means it is likely to pass through the Senate, with senators allowed a free vote, rather than being asked to vote along party lines.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been grilled relentlessly by reporters over his leadership in the same-sex marriage debate.

Attorney-General George Brandis is one of those who believe people should not be obliged to marry same-sex couples against the teachings of their church, but said exemptions needed to be regulated to prevent discrimination.

Mr Brandis expects the Senate will deal with the bill by the end of the next sitting week on November 30.

"I don't see the case is made for massive amendments", he said of the Smith bill.

"I will now work constructively with my parliamentary colleagues over the coming weeks on amendments to ensure that the strongest possible protections for the freedoms of all Australians are enshrined in the final legislation", he said.

"This is an important day in Australian history, it is an important day in the history of human rights in Australia, it is an important day on which we acknowledge and, finally - finally - strike down this barrier of discrimination on the grounds of sexuality". The conservatives are backing the bill proposed by Liberal MP James Paterson, which Malcolm Turnbull said had no chance of passing parliament.

In addition to just being very weird in its specificity, I'm sure you'll be shocked to discover no such allowances anywhere in the bill for those Australians who want to decline to provide goods or services related to a wedding on the basis of their personal objection to, say, straight marriages or religious marriages.

"They have said Yes to marriage equality, they have said Yes to love".

"The Australian people have voted overwhelmingly for marriage equality".

"It's clearly a good bill to start with", he said.

"I think fundamentally we know what the law change is required to look like..."

Labor leader Bill Shorten said he was disturbed by Coalition MPs "peeling off again and saying there needs to be a delay and new conditions" put on the marriage law changes.

Co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich (pictured), said Senator Paterson's bill did not meet the Australian values of equality and fairness. "I believe in an Australia that is decent and fair", Wong said.

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