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Australian Senate Votes In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Australian Senate Votes In Favor Of Same-Sex Marriage

Australia is a step away from legalizing gay marriage after its Senate took up the cause of its citizens.

Smith praised senators on both sides of the largely respectful debate, noting "the conscience of those who opposed the bill, and the convictions of those who supported it".

Earlier, at a doorstop on Wednesday the attorney general, George Brandis, said the Senate debate had been "very thorough" but hisdefeated amendments to declare that religious freedom was not harmed by the bill and to allow civil celebrants to refuse weddings should be considered in the lower house.

Only 12 voted against it.

If any amendments are added, the bill will have to return to the Senate for approval before it goes to the Governor-General for Royal Assent.

"The Australian people have spoken, and they have voted overwhelmingly "yes" for marriage equality. The more the debate was resisted, the more the strength was found to fight for it", he said.

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"My concern is that, in time to come, the parliament and its members could at any time change this definition to include multiple marriages or marriages of people under a certain age", she said.

"What occurs in the vast majority of that very very small category of people who are born with these attributes, is that they are usually then considered either male or female, courtesy of a range of factors, be it their decision, medical intervention etc, look very hard, very sensitive area, and you would not seek to discriminate against people". But the impositions on speech and religious liberty the United States has experienced in just two years since the Obergefell decision could happen in one fell swoop if Parliament passes legislation now under consideration, Shelton said. There is nothing to hide.

"Despite millions of Australian receiving their postal votes in the mail, there were many who did not receive their forms and so were deprived of their right of participating in this survey", Burston said. The postal survey returned a 61.6% yes vote with a turnout of 79.5%.

Following the results, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed to move a bill in favour of equality by Christmas.

"What [marriage equality] says to young LGBTIQ Australians, what it says to the young man struggling with who he is, or the young woman who feels alone and ashamed, what it says to the children of same-sex couples who feel ostracized", said Wong.


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