Same-sex marriage bill introduced to Parliament


Same-sex marriage bill introduced to Parliament

We know that's the real slippery slope, when you unravel anti-discrimination protections, and I don't think Australian people want that.

"I look forward to a parliamentary process that improves on the Dean Smith bill to implement same-sex marriage with freedom of conscience for all, not just the churches", he said.

The Smith bill offers the right of religious organisations to decide who they marry, as well as letting them and religious schools teach their beliefs on marriage.

Treasurer Scott Morrison signalled plans to move amendments to the proposed laws and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will also get involved, while junior ministers and conservatives Michael Sukkar and Liberal Zed Seselja will also play a key role.

"I believe the Australian people voted to remove discrimination and I trust the bill will reflect that", Senator Wong said.

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

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.

But defeat for the "no" case could turn out to be a blessing in disguise if it forces the "defenders" of Western civilisation out of complacency, Mr Abbott says.

The results of the same sex marriage survey will be announced at 10am AEDT tomorrow.

SYDNEY == The head of Australia's marriage equality push has slammed calls for anti-discrimination exemptions to be legalised under the guise of "religious freedoms" in the event of a yes vote in the postal survey, claiming such moves would be against the spirit of the support for the reform.

Although the result of the poll will not be binding on the government, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has promised that a bill to change marriage laws will be forthcoming.

'But also, we should respect another human right and that is freedom of religious belief, ' he said.

When asked by TODAY co-host Karl Stefanovic about inclusions in a bill drafted by conservative Liberal senator James Paterson, which would give business owners the right to refuse service to gay people, Mr Brandis said the legislation would be "morally wrong".

In particular, Mr Morrison outlined a series of changes including the ability for parents to withdraw their children from schools if they were taught about same-sex marriage, protections for religious organisations that now have tax-deductible status or receive public funds, and a "no-detriment" clause for people who believe in traditional marriage.

Nevertheless, discussions are well under underway as to how same-sex marriage might be legislated.

The result was "an unbelievable message from the Australian people", Mr Joyce told the crowd. "Victory can not be making someone else feel excluded", he said.

Meanwhile, Law Council of Australia president Fiona McLeod said on Monday the bill will encroach on many protections for LGBTI people in an "extraordinary and perilous way".

"That's not what Australia voted for", he said.