Same-sex marriage bill introduced to Parliament

Liberal Senator Dean Smith will table a private members bill if the same sex marriage vote succeeds

It permits ministers of religion and religious marriage celebrants to refuse to solemnise a marriage and it allows bodies established for religious purposes to refuse to provide goods or services for the purposes of the solemnisation of a marriage, ' Ms McLeod said.

The proposal comes after a bombshell poll found half of Australians support service providers being allowed to refuse same-sex weddings on the basis of private religious views. You can refuse to bake them a cake or drive them in your vehicle?

'Australians voted for equality.

The national director of Liberals and Nationals for Yes, Andrew Bragg, has said a marriage bill should be guided by three principles: "Firstly, existing discrimination in the Marriage Act should be eliminated; secondly, a strong protection for religious freedom should be provided; and thirdly, we should not reintroduce commercial discrimination in Australia".

However the ballot is only advisory, leaving decisions on whether to change marriage law to Australia's politicians.

Labor and the Greens will push to get same-sex marriage laws drafted by Liberal senator Dean Smith onto the Senate floor next week.

"They can be debated ... but they shouldn't be confused with this bill which is created to deliver marriage equality".

Debate continues when the Senate resumes sitting on November 27, taking precedence over government business as well.

Senator Smith's bill, which has cross-party support, contains provisions so that ministers of religion could not be forced to conduct same-sex marriages.

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"We'll find out on Wednesday how many people vote "no"; my guess would be 30, maybe 40% of people".

The findings come as politicians argue over how to respond to the marriage postal survey. But there's still a key question: if the country does the right thing and votes Yes, when will we actually get marriage equality?

The results of the marriage law survey will be announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday but Malcolm Turnbull's commitment to facilitate an unspecified private member's bill in the event of a yes vote has unleashed infighting in the government about which bill to use.

He has previously said that same-sex couples could be married by the end of the 2018 if voters back Yes, but experts say this is highly unlikely.

Freedom from discrimination is a fundamental human right, McLeod said.

MPs will be able to propose amendments to the bill.

Despite the attacks, a final poll by Guardian Australia predicts a huge lead for the Yes camp, with final results to be revealed on 15 November.

Various opinion polls point to a majority "yes" vote, possibly as high as 60 per cent.

Tiernan Brady of the Equality Campaign said he believed equality campaigners have "confidently won the argument". That's a pretty significant proportion of our fellow Australians and I think their right to have their own belief should be protected.

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