Senator James Paterson announces his own conservative marriage bill

The marriage debate is about nothing more or less than whether fellow human beings can be allowed equality says Bill Hoffman

The marriage debate is about nothing more or less than whether fellow human beings can be allowed equality says Bill Hoffman

Senator Paterson, who voted yes in the marriage postal survey, says any ensuing law changes shouldn't have negative consequences for opponents of same-sex marriage.

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. We know that's the real slippery slope, when you unravel anti-discrimination protections, and I don't think Australian people want that.

"If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians - not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No", said HRLC director of legal advocacy, Anna Brown.

"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".

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.

Liberal Democrats senator David Leyonhjelm is in the process of drafting amendments to the Smith, many of which align with provisions in the Paterson bill. This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way'.

"The Smith bill is a balanced bill". 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.

Almost eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

'For example, the Bill would allow people to refuse to provide goods and services on the grounds of belief, thought and conscience taking us well beyond religious beliefs into unchartered waters.

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

Mr Brandis said parliament would start the debate on same-sex marriage legalisation with Senator Smith's bill, if a "yes" vote is victorious. However, if the Labor Party wins the next federal election, we could see marriage equality be reintroduced in parliament. "It is only a question of which bill becomes the starting point", he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday.

It will be supported by Labor and the Greens even though the minor party plans to present amendments.

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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