Alternate Same-Sex Marriage Bill Rejected

Liberal senator James Paterson

Liberal senators have largely rejected James Paterson’s alternative same-sex marriage bill ahead of a ‘Yes’ vote win in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

The bill would allow ‘conscientious objectors’ legal grounds to discriminate against same-sex couples wishing to marry along protecting them from civil litigation along with other law changes including LGBTI education in schools.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his cabinet ministers have since indicated that they will back an amended version of Senator Dean Smith’s bill on Monday.

On Smith’s bill Mr Turnbull explained it: ”has been around for some months and is clearly a good bill to start with”. He was joined by Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, a ‘No’ voter, who said the Smith bill was “a good starting position” though could be improved.



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