Aussie Lawmakers Debate Laws for Boycotters of Gay Weddings

Aussie Lawmakers Debate Laws for Boycotters of Gay Weddings

In the case of a no result, the issue of same-sex marriage will be ruled out of parliament for the remainder of the Coalition's term, as well as the next, should they remain in government.

'Australia's anti-discrimination laws were amended in 2013 to enact important protections for LGBTI people in recognition of the unacceptable levels of discrimination.

"That's why it is necessary to extend the same principle applied in other same-sex marriage bills beyond ministers of religion to anyone else directly connected to a wedding".

The bill would also allow parents to remove their children from any classes they believed contained content that did not meet their beliefs about marriage.

The Paterson bill is expected to enjoy substantial support from that quarter as it implements demands from Tony Abbott, Matt Canavan, Michael Sukkar, Zed Seselja, Andrew Hastie, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews.

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

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would give the Smith bill "very favourable consideration".

Paterson is a supporter of same-sex marriage who has been outspoken about the need to protect religious freedom.

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

The Senator from Victoria said his bill would allow any Australian to declare that they would not participate in a same-sex wedding if it violated their religious beliefs.

Mr Brandis said parliament would start the debate on same-sex marriage legalisation with Senator Smith's bill, if a "yes" vote is victorious.

"I've never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians".

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

SYDNEY == The head of Australia's marriage equality push has slammed calls for anti-discrimination exemptions to be legalised under the guise of "religious freedoms" in the event of a yes vote in the postal survey, claiming such moves would be against the spirit of the support for the reform. However, if the Labor Party wins the next federal election, we could see marriage equality be reintroduced in parliament.

It is not known if Senator Paterson's bill is the same bill that Western Australian Liberal MP Ian Goodenough said a collection of a dozen conservative MPs were working on creating, or if there are still more alternative bills to be put forward. In his opinion piece Senator Paterson said printing companies, broadcasters and venues would be able to turn down business from either side of the debate.

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