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How Australia Voted In The Same-Sex Marriage Survey

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The marriage debate is about nothing more or less than whether fellow human beings can be allowed equality says Bill Hoffman

Senator Smith is aiming to introduce his bill to the upper house on Thursday.

Senator Paterson, who voted yes in the marriage postal survey, says any ensuing law changes shouldn't have negative consequences for opponents of same-sex marriage.

"After a cost of $122 million, and over two months of campaigning and years of public discussion, it makes no sense to delay a parliamentary debate".

'While the Law Council does not endorse every detail of the Smith Bill it represents a better balance from a human rights perspective and represents greater fairness, including those affected by winding back anti-discrimination laws, ' Ms McLeod said.

"If the result is yes, our politicians will need to follow through on a yes result by passing a fair bill that supports true equality". "I am hoping other senators will consider the matter a priority if there is a Yes outcome", he said. Any amendments to the bill will be reserved for that sitting week.

The Paterson bill is expected to enjoy substantial support from that quarter as it implements demands from Tony Abbott, Matt Canavan, Michael Sukkar, Zed Seselja, Andrew Hastie, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews.

"Like millions of other Australians, I will be disappointed if there is a No result, but I will uphold my original commitment and present my Bill to the Senate without any expectation it will be debated", he said. It permits ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise a marriage and it allows bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to provide goods or services for the purposes of the solemnisation of a marriage, ' Ms McLeod said.

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And versions of this marriage equaity bill include so-called religious freedom exemptions that attack LGBT rights, reports Al Jazeera.

Mr Goodenough said the alternative Bill could also be introduced into the Senate this week. We know that's the real slippery slope, when you unravel anti-discrimination protections, and I don't think Australian people want that. "The Smith bill is a balanced bill". "In the future, could they be taken to court?"

President, Fiona McLeod SC, said while the Paterson Bill acknowledges concerns of those holding traditional views of marriage, 'it goes well beyond the issue of marriage in a number of crucial respects'.

He said his bill would also allow parents to have their children "opt out of classes that conflict with their values".

"It was part of the journey in Ireland [during the referendum on marriage equality], the issue of freedom to discriminate against people, but that debate lasted a couple of hours because Irish people remember what those signs look like".

If the result is a majority "yes" vote, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has previously stated that this won't automatically legalise same-sex marriage in Australia.

"There will be no he or she, no husband or wife, no father, mother - all these words will be gone", the Perth-based Christian pastor said.

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