Second Lib proposes same-sex marriage bill

Second Lib proposes same-sex marriage bill

If the Senate passes the bill by November 30, the House of Representatives could begin debating the bill on December 4. While the freedom to have religious beliefs is also protected unconditionally, the manifestation or expression of those beliefs or religion may be subject to limitation where it impacts upon other fundamental rights'.

"There won't be a government position, there won't be a party position", Senator Cormann said. They didn't vote to license more discrimination and that is what the Paterson bill does'.

Labor Senator Penny Wong and Greens leader Richard Di Natale both rose to respond to Senator Brandis' suggestion of new amendments, asserting that the bill put forward by Senator Smith had been agreed upon by a Senate Committee, and was shown to be acceptable by the will of the Australian people.

"I will now work constructively with my parliamentary colleagues over the coming weeks on amendments to ensure that the strongest possible protections for the freedoms of all Australians are enshrined in the final legislation", he said.

Others to signal support for amendments include the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, and the former prime minister Tony Abbott.

Senator James Paterson has dropped a plan to introduce a competing bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

"I believe that the Smith bill will need some improvements", he said.

Standing alongside Turnbull at the press conference after the survey announcement, Cormann said he agreed the Smith bill was "a good starting point" but warned that it needed "additional religious protections".

"If you are a gay man or a gay woman and you go into a florist and say "I'd like to buy a bunch of flowers", it's just wrong and illegal for florist to say "I don't" serve gay people" just as it would be wrong or illegal for the florist to say to an indigenous person "I don't serve indigenous people'".

Education Minister Simon Birmingham also voiced concerns.

Fellow Liberal Dean Smith also has a private bill ready for parliament.

Earlier, at a rally in Melbourne, Shorten promised: "Today we celebrate, tomorrow we legislate".

Same-sex marriage is on track to be legalised before Christmas after draft laws were introduced to the Senate.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said Wednesday 62 percent of registered adults who responded voted for the reform in an unprecedented survey.

In contrast, Smith's bill allows exemptions only for religious organizations and ministers.

Mr Brandis said parliament would start the debate on same-sex marriage legalisation with Senator Smith's bill, if a "yes" vote is victorious.

After a high no vote in western Sydney, the Labor MPs Jason Clare, Linda Burney, Tony Burke, Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic confirmed they would vote in favour of marriage equality, despite majorities against it in their electorates.

Nevertheless, discussions are well under underway as to how same-sex marriage might be legislated.