Gays would be worse off under Paterson bill: Law Council

Gays would be worse off under Paterson bill: Law Council

A handful of ministers backed the sentiments expressed in Senator Paterson's rival bill, including Resources Minister Matthew Canavan and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar, who have supported the "no" side.

There won't be a coalition position to decide which of two private bills is the starting point for legalising same-sex marriage, a senior Turnbull government insists.

"If the parliament opts for a narrower bill with fewer protections, I fear we will see some Australians seek to impose their values on others, with court cases and other legal mechanisms", he said in a statement announcing the draft bill. Members of parliament will then be free to vote on the bill, which was developed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith.

"That's why it is necessary to extend the same principle applied in other same-sex marriage bills beyond ministers of religion to anyone else directly connected to a wedding".

"It's already against the law", Senator Brandis said.

In response to concerns over the controversial Safe Schools program, the bill would also allow parents to pull their children out of classes where they "genuinely believe" their kids are being taught a view of marriage inconsistent with their own. This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way'. The legislation allows clergy and religious organisations to refuse to marry gay couples.

It is not known if Senator Paterson's bill is the same bill that Western Australian Liberal MP Ian Goodenough said a collection of a dozen conservative MPs were working on creating, or if there are still more alternative bills to be put forward.


Nearly 80 percent of Australia's registered voters have responded to a government-commissioned two-month postal survey on whether Parliament should lift the country's prohibition on same-sex marriage. "That's the reason we have the parliamentary debate".

This is how same-sex marriage is expected to pass in Australia, however it's not guaranteed.

The ABS will announce the results of the survey at 10am AEDT tomorrow.

Tasmanian marriage equality advocate Rodney Croome claimed the bill "would effectively allow businesses to hang a "no gays" sign in the window ".

Senator Smith said he was hopeful the Yes vote would prevail, but even if Australians voted No he would still introduce the Bill to the Senate this week.

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

AFTER months of drawn out debate, the nation will soon hear the result of the marriage equality postal vote on Wednesday.

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