Australians back gay marriage in non-binding vote

Australians back gay marriage in non-binding vote

The yes vote on the non-binding postal survey now means that pressure is on parliament to move forward on legislation that would allow same-sex couples to Wednesday in the country.

Senator Paterson said he was a supporter of same sex marriage but also believed there was a need for religious freedoms to be protected. "As a non-religious person, I should have no fewer rights to live my life consistent with my beliefs than anyone else".

Debate would start on Thursday morning, the Senate's usual time for considering private bills. 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.

Written by external consultants, Paterson's bill would allow greater religious exemptions. If passed, this law would, for example, allow a baker to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple, or students to "opt out of classes that conflict with their values", said Paterson. A gay couple could be refused service at a hotel on their honeymoon, but not a regular stay.

"The simple message now is: pass the law", said Tiernan Brady, leader of the Marriage Equality campaign.

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There was no immediate response to an email sent by City News Service to a White House official seeking confirmation of the report.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been grilled relentlessly by reporters over his leadership in the same-sex marriage debate. It's about enshrining discrimination and taking Australia back decades, ' said Anna Brown of the Equality Campaign.

"I hope that the people will respect the result, not withstanding we are going to have differences about the shape of any bill that goes forward", he told the Australian, praising the survey as a "pretty positive" experience for the country. The decisive victory was propelled by an enormous participation: the ABS said almost 80 percent of eligible voters, or around 12.7 million people, took part in the survey.

Australians have made history, voting overwhelming in favor of marriage equality.

"They voted "yes" for fairness, they voted "yes" for commitment, they voted "yes" for love".

It may come to a head before the results are known, with Liberal MP Trevor Evans expected to raise the need to support Smith's bill in the Liberal Party room.

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