Wait over for same sex marriage survey result

Wait over for same sex marriage survey result

Wait over for same sex marriage survey result

Australians have voted in favour of allowing same-sex couples to marry in a landmark national survey.

When interviewed, Paterson said his bill would give people the right to "conscientiously object and not participate".

Australia is learning whether the public supports same sex marriage, as the results come back from their non-binding vote.

There is also a strongly-held view among moderate Liberals that, having lost the vote, opponents of same-sex marriage have no right to dictate what the law should look like.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage survey will have people see "Parliament at its best" as he seeks to play down divisions among his MPs over new religious protections.

The result was announced by the ABS at 10am on Wednesday, November 15 in Canberra with 61.6 per cent of Australians voting "yes" to Same-Sex marriage.

More than 30 business leaders, including the chief executive officers of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and Telstra Corp., this year petitioned the government to introduce legislation on same-sex marriage.

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The fight for equality will be every bit as important after the postal ballot result, and in the parliamentary battle that commences from a Yes victory.

Liberal "Yes" supporter Dean Smith is expected to put forward a bill on same sex marriage today after the Prime Minister dismissed an alternative bill from conservatives.

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

"It think it indicates what modern Australia is", he told Sky News.

A young protester cheers in support during a march for marriage equality in Sydney. They didn't vote to license more discrimination and that is what the Paterson bill does'.

An estimated 13 million Australians have returned their postal surveys in the nationwide ballot - a bigger percentage than voted in the UK's Brexit referendum.

The proposal has already been rejected by Turnbull, who said yesterday while still overseas that "I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the government ... would not countenance making legal, discrimination that is illegal, that is unlawful today".

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