Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Turnbull cops a battering over same-sex marriage

Turnbull cops a battering over same-sex marriage

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm is in the process of drafting amendments to the Smith, many of which align with provisions in the Paterson bill.

Writing in The Australian, Senator Paterson said he'd developed his marriage bill to ensure there were sufficiently robust protects for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. "I don't think their votes should mean we shouldn't have same-sex marriage, but I do think that their freedoms should be protected and I think my bill is a bill that best does that", he said.

"The Dean Smith Bill covers who could marry, and could refuse to marry".

The senator also argues it would preserve the freedoms of all Australians.

The Paterson bill, would also include a clause which would allow government employees the right to refuse to register a same-sex marriage, while parents will be able to remove their child from a class if the content taught contradicts their beliefs.

Senior government ministers have labelled the Smith bill a good "starting point" for parliament's consideration.

Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.

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Liberal senator James Paterson has revealed the details of a marriage equality bill he has been working on, with the support of conservative politicians who opposed the reform, which would allow gay couples to marry while also inserting broad exemptions to anti-discrimination law to allow businesses to refuse service to same sex weddings. "Honestly, that is a bridge too far", said Tanya Plibersek, the party's deputy leader.

"We will wait to see what the final bill looks like before we give a firm commitment as to how we will vote".

Results will be released this Wednesday the 15th in Canberra at 10am (AEDT) and aired live on ABC and SBS.

Senator Smith said he was hopeful the Yes vote would prevail, but even if Australians voted No he would still introduce the Bill to the Senate this week.

"What you have is a young fogie being led astray by some old fogies". "Let's get this done so we can all move forward as a fairer and more inclusive nation", Greenwich said.

"This is just another attempt to delay passing marriage equality".

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