Numbers In Parliament Support No Changes To Same-Sex Marriage Bill In Lower House

Despite Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull suggesting the current version of Dean Smith’s marriage equality bill that passed the Senate last week was inadequate with protects for civil celebrants and charities who support a traditional definition of marriage, supporters of the Smith bill believe they have the numbers to block the proposed amendments that mirror those voted down in the Senate from conservative members of the Lower House.

Fairfax reports that Labor, along with Liberal MP Warren Entsch and cross-benchers Adam Bandt, Rebekha Sharkie and Andrew Wilkie, have 73 of the 74 votes necessary to block amendments in the lower house, with several other Liberal MPs indicating they would vote down proposed amendments, but not before reading them.

If the current bill goes through unamended, the ban on recognition of same-sex marriages solemnised overseas will be lifted meaning thousands of same-sex couples could soon find themselves already married under Australian law when the Governor-General signs off on the legislation.

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