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Australia votes in favour of legalising gay marriage

15 November, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • The Senate could begin debating changes to the Marriage Act as early as this week if the'Yes vote comes out on top

Almost eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

"Australian people have said in the loudest possible way that to the elected representatives in Canberra that its time that you did your job and it's time you changed the law, so that our laws can finally catch up with our long held values of fairness and equality for all", said Brady.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been grilled relentlessly by reporters over his leadership in the same-sex marriage debate.

"Are we really saying, in Australia today, that you can refuse to serve someone because they're gay?"

Parliament will now vote by December on legislation to lift the prohibition.

The intense campaign pitted marriage equality advocates against conservative and religious groups arguing that any change would erode religious freedoms by unleashing the forces of unfettered political correctness.

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

The government pledged to put a proposal to parliament if voters were in favour of same-sex marriage.

A bill is expected to pass, with many opponents of marriage equality in parliament promising to respect the result, although parliament may consider amendments.

There are only two weeks of Parliament sitting dates before the Christmas break.

But it was not made clear what law would be changed and no one knew what legislation they were casting their opinions on.

Senator Paterson said he was a supporter of same sex marriage but also believed there was a need for religious freedoms to be protected. This bill would legalize same-sex marriage but still allow religious ministers and organizations to refuse to oversee marriages they don't like.

No matter what the result is, this day is a wonderful time for all Australians who have worked hard to achieve marriage equality to come together in support.

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