Same-Sex bill could override anti-discrimination laws

Annette Crawford
November 14, 2017

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a moderate who supports marriage equality, has pledged that if a majority vote "yes", his government will quickly introduce a bill to change the marriage laws.

"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".

However, this vote is nonbinding, which means it is up to the country's Parliament to pass legislation.

PM Turnbull has since expressed that his ministers will continue to back Smith's bill instead, although it will likely be adapted before being presented to parliament.

"Assuming there is a Yes vote tomorrow - the pollsters will really be rocked if there isn't - but assuming there is, there will be a Private Members Bill and amendments can be moved and if people want to move an amendment of that kind, well, you know, they can", he 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". The legislation allows clergy and religious organisations to refuse to marry gay couples.

The bill also enshrines protections for people who hold views that marriage is only between a man and a woman, that sex should only be between married men and women, and that gender is only binary.

Mr Goodenough said the alternative Bill could also be introduced into the Senate this week.


The national director of Liberals and Nationals for Yes, Andrew Bragg, has said a marriage bill should be guided by three principles: "Firstly, existing discrimination in the Marriage Act should be eliminated; secondly, a strong protection for religious freedom should be provided; and thirdly, we should not reintroduce commercial discrimination in Australia".

Senator Paterson said his bill would also include provision for people who were not religious to object to being involved in a same-sex marriage, if it went against their beliefs.

"They can be debated ... but they shouldn't be confused with this bill which is created to deliver marriage equality". "In the future, could they be taken to court?"

"There won't be a government position, there won't be a party position", Senator Cormann said.

"There is no apology for the fact that the Bill does not address free speech or parental rights - because it's a Bill about marriage equality".

"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".

"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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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