Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Turnbull cops a battering over same-sex marriage

David Gray  Reuters                       A marcher holds aloft a sign while participating in a marriage equality march in central Sydney Australia David Gray Reuters A marcher holds aloft a sign while participating in a marriage equality march in central Sydney Australia
Rita Gibson | 14 November, 2017, 18:57

The suggested laws have been received by supporters of the "yes" vote as a "kick in the teeth" to the gay community and which would roll back the clock on anti-discrimination legislation.

The Paterson bill ensures exemptions for ministers of religion and celebrants with genuine belief and allows a limited form of conscientious objection, and also seeks to protect freedom of speech and guarantee the right of parents to opt their children out of school classes that conflicted with their values.

No matter what the result is, this day is a wonderful time for all Australians who have worked hard to achieve marriage equality to come together in support.

'The Smith Bill supports the protection of religious freedoms in two key ways.

If the result is 'no, ' Turnbull has said it will be off the agenda as long as the Liberal Party is in charge.

While the proposed bill, sponsored by Liberal senator James Paterson, would legalise same-sex marriage, a number of attached exemptions would give wedding service providers, such as bakers and florists, the right to refuse gay couples.

It would introduce "anti-detriment" provisions to shield government employees and licensed professionals from adverse action on the basis of the fact the person holds a belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

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

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"If we were not to implement a decision on marriage equality, the nation would throw up its hands and give up on the parliament", he told a meeting of opposition senators in Canberra.

"No one should want to see the messy court cases that have occurred after same-sex marriage was legalised in other countries".

While businesses would be able to boycott gay marriages, they would otherwise have to comply with existing anti-discrimination laws.

The Paterson bill sets the stage for a party-room showdown with Liberal moderates, who believe discrimination laws should not be watered down to allow differential treatment of same-sex weddings.

"It would be self-defeating to repeal discrimination and replace it with discrimination", he said. Many other MPs have said it's 'complicated' and will wait for the final result before they announce their move.

On Wednesday, Australia will finally know how more than 12 million people voted in the eight-week poll, with a Yes result meaning gay couples could get married before Christmas. "From what we've seen so far this is just another attempt to delay passing marriage equality", he said.

"They can be debated ... but they shouldn't be confused with this bill which is created to deliver marriage equality".

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