Australia says yes to same-sex marriage in historic postal survey

15 November, 2017, 01:49 | Author: Kim Reid
  • HERE COMES THE RESULT OF AUSTRALIA'S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE SURVEY

The results of the postal survey, in which 12 million Australians have had their say, will be announced at 10am on Wednesday.

'Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop.

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.

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.

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

People participating in a march hold aloft posters supporting a "Yes" vote in a non-binding poll, conducted by post, to inform the government on whether voters want Australia to become the 25th nation to permit same-sex marriage, in central Sydney, Australia, October 21, 2017.

However, Mr Turnbull said his government would not pass legislation which legalised things which at the moment are prohibited by law.

There are only two weeks of Parliament sitting dates before the Christmas break. Buzzfeed Australia reported on Tuesday that one bill in particular, backed by the main "yes" camp organizers and supported by a broad cross-party group of Australian senators, has emerged as the most viable way to change the law.

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Senator Paterson said he was a supporter of same sex marriage but also believed there was a need for religious freedoms to be protected.

It also includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.

"I hope Malcolm Turnbull shows some spine on this, I really do", she said.

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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