Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Australians back gay marriage in non-binding vote

Live updates: Aussie same-sex marriage vote results in Australian Voters Say a Resounding “Yes” to Same-Sex Marriage in Historic Survey
Saul Franklin | 15 November, 2017, 01:20

Today Australia learns the answer to the $122 million dollar question - does the Australian public want same sex couples to have the right to marry?

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has arrived back in Australia in time for the release of the final same-sex marriage postal survey results.

The result paves the way for lawmakers across the ditch to join New Zealand and 23 other nations in legalising same-sex marriage.

Mr Turnbull's decision to use a private member's bill means there could be multiple bills put to the parliament, rather than a unified government proposal.

That means getting a bill through both the upper and lower house of the Australian parliament. But nothing requires the MPs to vote according to the survey.

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has said he will introduce a bill to parliament this week to legalize same-sex marriage.

It will permit anyone who holds a religious or "conscientious belief" in traditional marriage to refuse same-sex weddings, allowing discrimination by private service providers.

This week, as the likelihood of a "yes" result grew, other conservative lawmakers proposed an alternative bill.

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If the vote is "no", the motion will be dismissed and Smith will table his bill.

"A yes vote can not and should not and must not become a moment where others try to unravel existing anti-discrimination law", he said.

When interviewed, Paterson said his bill would give people the right to "conscientiously object and not participate".

Marriage equality campaigners seized on the result of the postal vote, and said Australia should quickly become the 25th nation to legalize same-sex unions.

The postal survey saw 16 million registered voters among Australia's population of 24 million asked for their views on overturning the prohibition.

Advocates of same-sex unions criticized parliament for holding the postal vote - saying the nearly two-month campaign saw a surge in calls to mental-health helplines as opponents warned that changing the law could harm children and lead to radical sex education in schools.

"That's the goal", the prime minister said before leaving Manila. "One where everyone's treated with respect and dignity, where we believe in a society built on commitment and responsibility", he told Sky News.

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