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The Latest For Same-Sex Marriage Down Under

Another attempt at same-sex marriage in the Australian Parliament today sees the proposed introduction of a private members’ bill created by Liberal Senator Dean Smith with MPs Warren Entsch, Trevor Evans, Tim Wilson and Trent Zimmerman.

The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 will allow ‘two people’ to marry regardless of their sex or gender, while still maintaining the right for religious ministers and religious service providers to refuse their services to same-sex couples in accordance with their beliefs.

The Bill, released yesterday, will be discussed in a special Liberal party room meeting, today, ahead of the return of Federal Parliament.

Currently, the Liberal party are pushing for a nation-wide plebiscite on same-sex marriage but has also floated the alternative of a postal vote.

Smith, along with five other Liberal MPs, want the party room to scrap its commitment to a plebiscite and sanction a free vote in Parliament.

Talking with Sky News Australia, Manager of Opposition Business Tony Burke gave an “absolute guarantee” to any Liberal member that Labor wouldn’t jeopardise their pursuit of a free vote on gay marriage.

“We will not use this issue as an issue of confidence in the government.”

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