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ibusinesslines.com November 17, 2017


Turnbull cops a battering over same-sex marriage

14 November 2017, 08:26 | Erica Roy

Conservative Libs to offer new gay marriage bill

Joe Spagnolo believes many people have had enough of the same-sex marriage debate

On Monday, Liberal MP James Paterson released an alternative bill which seeks to overturn a number of anti-discrimination laws, should same-sex marriage get the go-ahead.

"If the result of the vote is Yes, we want protections for parents, protections for religious institutions and charities to be free to express contrary views without being held to account by discrimination laws", Mr Goodenough said.

His proposal would allow a minister of religion or a religious marriage celebrant the right to refuse to solemnise a marriage. "This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way", she said in a statement.

A majority yes vote will see a private members' bill be introduced in parliament to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull said in October.

It also allows religious organisations to refuse to make goods and services for the goal of a marriage.

Senator Smith's bill draws on the recommendations of a Senate committee and has the backing of the other prominent same-sex marriage supporters on the Coalition backbench: Trent Zimmerman, Trevor Evans, Warren Enstch and Tim Wilson.

Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate. In his opinion piece Senator Paterson said printing companies, broadcasters and venues would be able to turn down business from either side of the debate.

The good news is that the turnaround time for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is going to be quite fast. Many other MPs have said it's 'complicated' and will wait for the final result before they announce their move.


Labor leader Bill Shorten said Australians expected the parliament to deal with marriage equality legislation before the end of the year.

A private bill, proposed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith, has been labelled the "starting point" by senior government ministers.

"If we were not to implement a decision on marriage equality, the nation would throw up its hands and give up on the parliament", he told a meeting of opposition senators in Canberra.

"I think we're all on the same path".

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

"What you have is a young fogie being led astray by some old fogies".

"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".



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