Same-sex marriage laws slated for Thursday

15 November, 2017, 01:51 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Same-sex marriage laws slated for Thursday

Head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, David Kalisch, confirmed that 61.

During a news conference in Manila, the PM repeatedly fielded questions on whether he would stand up to conservatives who are pushing for changes to the law, which allow people to refuse services to same-sex couples.

On Wednesday next week we get to find out if Australians want their neighbours to have the same right to marry their loved ones as everyone else.

If successful, the Prime Minister has said that parliament should resolve the issue before they break for Christmas.

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More than 30 business leaders, including the chief executive officers of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra Corp., this year petitioned the government to introduce legislation on same-sex marriage.

'We are confident that the majority of parliamentarians are sensible and will see this for what it is and not wind Australia back decades.

A group of conservatives have been working on legislation that would provide strong protections for religious freedoms in the event of a yes vote.

It's been a controversial process, with accusations of ballot-stuffing, homophobic slurs and violence against MPs.

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Almost 80 per cent of eligible Australians took part in the voluntary poll, a return rate that compares more than favorably with the 91 per cent who voted at the compulsory 2016 federal election. This bill would legalize same-sex marriage but still allow religious ministers and organizations to refuse to oversee marriages they don't like.

Civil marriage celebrants would also not be allowed to discriminate against same-sex couples. While the voluntary survey doesn't legally bind parliament, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he expects lawmakers to respect the outcome.

"I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the Government would not countenance, making legal discrimination that is unlawful today", Turnbull said this week, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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