Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

The same-sex marriage bill is already in the Senate

The same-sex marriage bill is already in the Senate

Nevertheless, discussions are well under underway as to how same-sex marriage might be legislated.

As a result, a private member's bill from Liberal senator Dean Smith to legalise same-sex marriage was introduced to the Senate this afternoon shortly after 4pm.

A majority "yes" vote was recorded in 133 of the 150 federal electorates across the country, as well as each state and territory.

Conservative Liberal senator James Paterson has released a draft of a same-sex marriage bill to "preserve the freedoms of all Australians".

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had already ruled out any chance of the Patterson bill succeeding.

Attorney-General George Brandis has labelled same-sex marriage a "very, very important human rights reform".

"The Senate will vote on those amendments, some will get up... many won't... but at the end of the day we will have a bill".

Significant ground was given on all sides and the Greens made significant concessions Di Natale said, to create the cross-party Smith bill. The Smith bill is defective, he said.

"If the Australian people do vote yes, they're not going to look kindly on the same group of people who have urged a 'no" vote not accepting the outcome and trying to delay further, ' she said.

Rival same-sex marriage bills are circulating within the Coalition
The same-sex marriage bill is already in the Senate

It will be supported by Labor and the Greens even though the minor party plans to present amendments.

While the Smith bill allows churches to refuse to marry same-sex couples, the Paterson bill would have allowed anyone with a religious or moral objection to refuse to participate in the process - including florists, bakers and musicians.

"I will now work constructively with my parliamentary colleagues over the coming weeks on amendments to ensure that the strongest possible protections for the freedoms of all Australians are enshrined in the final legislation".

"I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the Government. would not countenance making legal, discrimination that is illegal, that is unlawful today", he said.

"Think very, very clearly about entrenching discrimination in order to appease your colleagues, rather than listening to the Australian people, who spoke very, very clearly today".

"They have said Yes to marriage equality, they have said Yes to love".

Speaking on ABC's 7.30 Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would be supporting the resolution through the Senate and House of Representatives before parliament ends on December 7.

Should the vote go that way, Smith is prepared to introduce his marriage equality bill immediately.

Co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich (pictured), said Senator Paterson's bill did not meet the Australian values of equality and fairness.

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