Australia's same-sex marriage postal survey results

The Senate could begin debating changes to the Marriage Act as early as this week if the'Yes vote comes out on top

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.

Tiernan Brady, the director of Australian Marriage Equality, told HuffPost Australia last week the religious freedoms argument ran counter-intuitive to the idea of having a vote for marriage equality. "They didn't vote to license more discrimination and that is what the Paterson bill does".

"Anti-discrimination law has served Australia and LGBTI people well". "Let's get this done so we can all move forward as a fairer and more inclusive nation", Greenwich said.

"If the result of the vote is Yes, we want protections for parents, protections for religious institutions and charities to be free to express contrary views without being held to account by discrimination laws", Mr Goodenough said.

"This is just another attempt to delay passing marriage equality".

"This moment can't be the moment we literally do the opposite of what the people are saying".


According to a Newspoll for The Australian, 63 per cent had voted Yes in the survey.

"Australia's anti-discrimination laws were amended in 2013 to enact important protections for LGBTI people in recognition of the unacceptable levels of discrimination".

"You could potentially see a situation where a hire vehicle company could leave their customers stranded on the way to a marriage ceremony simply because the driver held a thought or belief against it. As a non-religious person, I should have no fewer rights to live my life consistent with my beliefs than anyone else".

"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.

Senator Paterson said his bill would also include provision for people who were not religious to object to being involved in a same-sex marriage, if it went against their beliefs.

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.

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