Senator to introduce marriage equality bill immediately pending 'yes' vote

15 November, 2017, 01:24 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Senator Dean Smith with his private members bill relating to the definition of marriage

Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians took part in the voluntary poll, a return rate that compares more than favourably with the 91 per cent who voted at the compulsory 2016 federal election.

The votes have been counted, and this is what Australia voted for in the same-sex marriage postal vote.

Australians have voted yes on marriage equality.

Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic non-binding poll.

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Parliamentary opponents of same-sex marriage such as Matt Canavan and Cory Bernardi are standing firm.

Same-sex couples hoping to marry will find out if a change to the Marriage Act will be legislated this year when the results are announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics at 10am Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a group of cross-party senators backed a same-sex marriage bill penned by Liberal Senator Dean Smith. But he may have to compete with another bill from conservative Liberal Senator James Paterson that contains provisions such as allowing "conscientious objections" for people who don't wish to cater for gay weddings due to their religious beliefs.

More than 30 business leaders, including the chief executive officers of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra Corp., this year petitioned the government to introduce legislation on same-sex marriage. In an interview in October, Turnbull said that the bill could be dealt with before Christmas.

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"It think it indicates what modern Australia is", he told Sky News.

"I don't agree with the prime minister that this bill makes activities which are now legal, illegal", Canavan told RN Breakfast.

But marriage equality advocates have slammed any moves to imposed new conditions on the LGBTQ community. They didn't vote to license more discrimination and that is what the Paterson bill does'. While the No campaign was off to a flying start in the early weeks of the survey, it only secured 27 per cent support among those who already voted.

The postal survey saw 16 million registered voters among Australia's population of 24 million asked for their views on overturning the prohibition. Most know that having given the public a say, that verdict must now be reflected in law.

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