Same-sex marriage bill introduced, paving way for debate on religious exemptions

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 01:16:01 PM. In a historic moment for the Australian Parliament, Liberal senator Dean Smith introduces the bill expected to legalise same-sex marriage.
Video: Liberal senator Dean Smith introduces legislation to legalise same-sex marriage (ABC News) In a historic moment for the Australian Parliament, Liberal senator Dean Smith has introduced the bill expected to legalise same-sex marriage. Attorney-General George Brandis moved the bill into the Senate, noting that it would be open for free debate and there was no Government position on the bill. Senator Smith's bill, which has cross-party support, contains provisions so that ministers of religion could not be forced to conduct same-sex marriages. It is a joint bill with Liberal colleagues Linda Reynolds and Jane Hume, Labor's leader in the Senate Penny Wong and her colleague Louise Pratt, Greens leader Richard Di Natale and his colleague Janet Rice, as well as crossbenchers Skye Kakoschke-Moore and Derryn Hinch. Senator Brandis said he wished to move two amendments to the bill: to extend religious protections to civil celebrants and that nothing in the bill would make it unlawful for people to hold and express their own views on same-sex marriage. External Link: Tweet from Liberal senator Dean Smith: I will shortly introduce the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 into the @ausenate to legislate for marriage equality Labor's leader in the Senate Penny Wong made a short statement after Senator Brandis announced the bill, asking her colleagues to keep in mind the public's view when discussing amendments. "We have the view that the Australian...Read more
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