Decision day arrives for same-sex marriage in Australia — Postal survey results

15 November, 2017, 01:52 | Author: Edward Snyder
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Australia has done the right thing and voted a resounding YES for marriage equality.

Australians have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage by 61.6% to 38.4%.

But it was not made clear what law would be changed and no one knew what legislation they were casting their opinions on.

Parliament will now vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition.

Some conservative MPs are pushing for the the bill to include exemptions that would allow businesses opposed to same-sex marriage to refuse goods and services for weddings. A competing bill, likely to divide the governing coalition along ideological lines, would provide much more sweeping protections under anti-discrimination laws to people and businesses who refuse to serve same-sex couples.




Smith was optimistic earlier this week, telling the ABC on Thursday he believed his bill could be moved as early as next week.

'Australians upheld their end of the bargain by voting en masse, now it's time for Parliament to uphold its end of the same deal'. On Monday, Liberal MP James Paterson released an alternative bill which seeks to overturn a number of anti-discrimination laws, should same-sex marriage get the go-ahead. Much like the infamous Kim Davis in Kentucky. Parents would also be allowed to remove children from classes where lessons go against their views on marriage.

The prime minister is urging lawmakers to pass a marriage equality bill before Christmas - a call backed by business leaders including Australia & New Zealand Banking Group Ltd. which says it would add A$650 million ($496 million) to the economy in the first year alone. "From what we've seen so far this is just another attempt to delay passing marriage equality", he said.

Australia has become increasingly isolated among Western nations on same-sex marriage, with Germany, the USA and Ireland recently joining countries including the United Kingdom and New Zealand in legalizing unions. "They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love".

Dean Smith's bill received cross-party support and was co-signed today by other Senators from the Liberal, Labor and Greens parties.

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