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Same-Sex Marriage Should Pass The Senate Today

The same-sex marriage bill is predicted to pass the Senate today with amendments, including protections for “conscientious objectors”, from Senators James Paterson, Goerge Brandis and Matt Canavan all voted down late last night.

The civil celebrant’s exemption amendment, introduced by Senator Brandis, to allow marriage celebrants the right to legally discriminate against same-sex couples was defeated along with James Paterson’s amendment that intended to create two definitions of marriage for people to chose from one between a “man and a woman” and the other between “two people”.

Amendments to create new laws within the marriage act that would allow parents to remove their children from schools that taught material inconsistent with their views of marriage, and provide protections for doctors and teachers so they could not be deregistered for their beliefs were also voted down.

Today the Senate will vote on amendments from One Nation, the Greens and David Leyonhjelm.

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