Senate poised to act on same-sex marriage

Senator Dean Smith with his private members bill relating to the definition of marriage

Senator Dean Smith with his private members bill relating to the definition of marriage

"Assuming there is a Yes vote tomorrow - the pollsters will really be rocked if there isn't - but assuming there is, there will be a Private Members Bill and amendments can be moved and if people want to move an amendment of that kind, well, you know, they can", he said.

In the case of a no result, the issue of same-sex marriage will be ruled out of parliament for the remainder of the Coalition's term, as well as the next, should they remain in government.

"That's the goal", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed ahead of the Australian Bureau of Statistics announcing on Tuesday which way more than 12 million people voted on the issue. 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. If passed, this law would, for example, allow a baker to refuse to bake a cake for a gay couple, or students to "opt out of classes that conflict with their values", said Paterson.

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

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The 31-year-old added that she's humbled to be in the company of the famous women in Barbie's Shero line . In her speech, Muhammad said she hoped the doll would inspire girls "to embrace what makes them unique".

On Monday, Liberal MP James Paterson released an alternative bill which seeks to overturn a number of anti-discrimination laws, should same-sex marriage get the go-ahead.

The Senator from Victoria said his bill would allow any Australian to declare that they would not participate in a same-sex wedding if it violated their religious beliefs.

The proposed bill has been heavily criticised by supporters of gay marriage with Alex Greenwich, co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, claiming it has the potential to "divide Australians".

Barring any unforeseen mishap, the survey results will be published on by the ABS on 15 November 2017.

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This would make it easier for researchers to look for patterns and identify new pathways for treatment, he said. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia.

"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.

"I think we're all on the same path".

Labor senator Sam Dastyari said Senator Paterson was being taken for a ride.

"Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop", said Anna Brown, cochair of the Equality Campaign.

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They raised concerns that if politicians voted down the deal, Britain would simply crash out of the European Union anyway. It had also been argued that withdrawal had to be enshrined in a separate Act to make it waterproof from legal challenge.

"What you have is a young fogie being led astray by some old fogies".

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