Same-sex marriage laws slated for Thursday

Dean Smith Will Introduce His Same-Sex Marriage Bill Within Hours Of A “Yes” Vote

AUSTRALIANS have voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a landmark poll.

More than 16 million surveys were sent out across Australia by the ABS, allowing people to have their say in the postal plebiscite.

Australians have voted yes on marriage equality. Buzzfeed Australia reported on Tuesday that one bill in particular, backed by the main "yes" camp organizers and supported by a broad cross-party group of Australian senators, has emerged as the most viable way to change the law.

But even ahead of the release of the results, conservative politicians inside the Australian parliament were preparing for a fight over how marriage equality would be legalized.

There are now two prominent proposals for marriage equality that parliament could take up. That would involve overriding existing discrimination laws and creating special dispensation for people who held the "relevant belief" that homosexual relationships are unholy or immoral.

Abetz told the Guardian Australia a cross-party marriage equality bill drafted by Dean Smith is "not an acceptable starting point", further describing it as "seriously inadequate, as parents, freedom of speech and religious freedom, along with conscientious objection, all need full protection".

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'This is not a marriage equality bill.

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

The proposed bill will be debated in both houses of parliament but Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull remains confident the law can be passed before Christmas.

After the successful marriage equality referendum in Ireland in May 2015, pressure grew on the Australian government to legislate but the Coalition party room agreed on a national plebiscite instead, although there was no legal requirement to do so.

"People will be free to move whatever amendments they want and they will be debated and voted on", Mr Turnbull said.

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