Australia votes 'yes' to same-sex marriage

15 November, 2017, 01:23 | Author: Phil Peters
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The result of Australia's non-binding same-sex marriage vote is now just hours away.

The result, announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday, will lead to consideration of a same-sex marriage bill in parliament with the prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, promising marriage equality should be law by Christmas.

The high response - Ireland's national referendum on marriage equality had a 60.5% turnout - has many believing it points to a win for the "Yes" campaign.

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.

The result paves the way for lawmakers across the ditch to join New Zealand and 23 other nations in legalising same-sex marriage.

Liberal senator Dean Smith has written the bill that has been largely supported across both sides of the house by senators on the yes side.

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.

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A second private bill, containing more protections for religious protections and conscientious objection, is being pushed by conservative coalition MPs, many of whom campaigned for a "no" vote.

"Australians will be voting for today", he told ABC radio.

The Nationals and a powerful right-wing faction of the Liberals - including prominent members of Turnbull's Cabinet - are strongly opposed to equal marriage, while centrists and the youth wing of the Liberals are in favour of reform.

Senator Wong said it was hard to listen to a bloke who had long argued against the views held by the majority of the community to turn around and talk about the tyranny of the majority.

The postal survey result "will certainly encourage the prime minister and the position he's taken as a strong advocate for yes in his ongoing battle with the conservative wing of his party", said Haydon Manning, a political analyst at Flinders University in Adelaide.

Earlier in the campaign, Abbott head-butted by a same-sex marriage supporter who later said the attack had nothing to do with gay marriage - just his personal opinion of Abbott. They have flagged the possibility of amendments, potentially cherry-picked from Liberal senator James Paterson's rival bill, which would give wide-ranging exemptions and wind back existing anti-discrimination laws.

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