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Second Lib proposes same-sex marriage bill

15 November 2017, 12:41 | Terri Saunders

Marriage Law survey results out tomorrow

Senator Dean Smith with his private members bill relating to the definition of marriage

"We won't stop working until every couple is equal under the law", the Equality Campaign, the group at the forefront of the Yes vote, said in a statement on Tuesday.

In the case of a no result, the issue of same-sex marriage will be ruled out of parliament for the remainder of the Coalition's term, as well as the next, should they remain in government.

Tiernan Brady, the director of Australian Marriage Equality, told HuffPost Australia last week the religious freedoms argument ran counter-intuitive to the idea of having a vote for marriage equality.

And while the government faces some difficulties after losing its majority in the lower house following the resignations of Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander in the dual citizenship fiasco, the issue has cross-party support and already plans are in place Liberal senator Dean Smith to introduce a private member's bill in favour of same-sex marriage to the Senate this afternoon. "Honestly, that is a bridge too far", said Tanya Plibersek, the party's deputy leader.

The bill would also allow parents to remove their children from any classes they believed contained content that did not meet their beliefs about marriage.

Paterson's bill would allow a wide range of service providers, religious or secular, to turn away gay couples asking for wedding services.

Almost eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

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No matter what the result is, this day is a wonderful time for all Australians who have worked hard to achieve marriage equality to come together in support.

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm is in the process of drafting amendments to the Smith, many of which align with provisions in the Paterson bill. But there's still a key question: if the country does the right thing and votes Yes, when will we actually get marriage equality?

Barring any unforeseen mishap, the survey results will be published on by the ABS on 15 November 2017.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari said Senator Paterson was being taken for a ride.

"People will be free to move whatever amendments they want and they will be debated and voted on", Mr Turnbull said.

"What you have is a young fogie being led astray by some old fogies".



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