Same-sex marriage passes in Australian Senate

  • Same-sex marriage passes in Australian Senate

Same-sex marriage passes in Australian Senate

"I think people have taken some liberties with the result of the postal survey, but having said that it is clear that the Australian people wanted to change the definition of marriage, that has now occurred in the senate".

"Next week it heads to the House of Representatives", said the Equality Campaign, a group that supports the marriage bill, on its Twitter page.

The cross-party bill passed the Senate 43 votes to 12 as nearly all Labor senators, the Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team, Derryn Hinch and members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition voted in favour.

If any amendments are added, the bill will have to return to the Senate for approval before it goes to the Governor-General for Royal Assent.

Australia got closer to legalising marriage equality.

Smith thanked colleagues for a respectful debate which he said showed the "soul" of Brandis, the "lived experience" of Wong, Louise Pratt and Janet Rice, and the "conscience" of opponents of same-sex marriage. As the last speaker of the third reading of the bill, he said that the reform expressed a faith in Australia's existing framework for religious protections. "You are just you", he said on Tuesday.

"By passing this bill, we are saying to those vulnerable young people there is nothing wrong with you". "You are not unusual, you are not abnormal". There is nothing to hide. "It says to so many Australians, this parliament, this country, accept you for who you are.

We may be their representatives but in this they have been our leaders", said Senator Penny Wong, a lesbian Labor Party member, on Wednesday. It says: "you're one of us", she continued.

Australia recently held a national non-binding postal survey that asked eligible voters if they agreed that the "law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry".

The Tasmanian senator said that it should be remembered that religious rights are part of Australia's worldwide obligations, while same sex marriage was not.

On Wednesday the education minister, Simon Birmingham, said Turnbull had demonstrated "very strong leadership" by "showing a pathway through" and delivering marriage equality.

"It's disappointing the government hasn't done more to try to ensure that freedom of religion isn't protected at the same time as same-sex marriage is passed", Mr Abbott told Sydney radio station 2GB.