Australia Is One Step Closer To Marriage Equality

Australia Is One Step Closer To Marriage Equality

By Erin Archer

 

LGBTIQ Australia’s have reached yet another milestone, with the bill to legalise same-sex marriage passing the senate without amendment, with 43 senators voting yes and 12 voting no.

Picture Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia

 

There is still one more step before marriage equality become a reality however, with the bill to be debated in the House of Representatives next week, when MP’s returning to Canberra following a cancelled sitting week.

When speaking to the media following the vote, Liberal senator Dean Smith, who authored the bill, thanked the Yes campaigners for their civility.

Meanwhile Labor’s leader in the Senate, Penny Wong said it was a historic day for Australia.

Every day it is a great privilege to stand in this place, but there are some days which are of great moment, which change our country for the better. This is such a day.”

Those who were against the bill, and voted against it included Eric Abetz, who held reservations due to concerns regarding religious freedoms, freedom of speech, and freedom of conscientious objection and parental rights.

“I am disappointed that the Senate has not supported even very modest amendments put forward to ensure protections.

“On that basis, on the third reading, I will join a number of colleagues from all sides of the chamber to oppose the Bill,” Senator Abetz said.

There were three senators in the chamber which did not cast a vote, who were Bridget McKenzie, James McGrath and Pauline Hanson.

While the bill was passed without amendments, MP’s in the House of Representatives could reignite debate on any of the suggestions put forward, which would then have to be considered in the Senate again.

This however is unlikely as the majority of MP’s in the Lower House are expected to support the bill.

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