Another Liberal Senator backs alternative same sex marriage bill

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

Live updates: Aussie same-sex marriage vote results in

Writing in The Australian, Senator Paterson said he'd developed his marriage bill to ensure there were sufficiently robust protects for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of conscience.

A majority yes vote will see a private members' bill be introduced in parliament to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull said in October.

That would give the Senate time to debate the bill before it goes to the House of Representatives. This bill would legalize same-sex marriage but still allow religious ministers and organizations to refuse to oversee marriages they don't like. It would also provide immunity under anti-discrimination law for people who hold, express, and act on various traditional beliefs about marriage, sexuality, and gender.

On Wednesday next week we get to find out if Australians want their neighbours to have the same right to marry their loved ones as everyone else. In his opinion piece Senator Paterson said printing companies, broadcasters and venues would be able to turn down business from either side of the debate.

Nearly 62 percent of the 12.7 million people who participated in the two-month postal survey voted in favour of allowing gay marriage, the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced at a press conference in Canberra.

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"It is unequivocal, it is overwhelming", Turnbull said of the survey result.

A bill is expected to pass, with many opponents of marriage equality in parliament promising to respect the result, although parliament may consider amendments.

"There's been a long road and there's still further fights down the track", Senator Wong told reporters in Canberra.

"At the end of the day, we are in support of getting a bill through parliament that will mean we can have marriage equality", Greens senator Janet Rice said.

Paterson's version was denounced by the opposition Labor Party. It is fair. The people have voted yes for marriage equality.

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