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Same-sex marriage passes in Australian Senate

Same-sex marriage passes in Australian Senate

The Dean Smith bill will next week proceed to the House of Representatives, where the majority of MPs will need to vote in favour before the Marriage Act is finally changed.

'A few brief moments of joy is what our country has ached for because we know it will result in a lifetime of joy for so many others'.

It was a scene of jubilation on the floor of the Australian Senate chamber Wednesday as lawmakers embraced and cheered following the historic passage of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

"Despite millions of Australian receiving their postal votes in the mail, there were many who did not receive their forms and so were deprived of their right of participating in this survey", Burston said. Your love is not lesser, and nor are you. "It says - you are one of us". "I certainly am", Senator Smith said in a final speech before the vote.

As attorneys for Colorado baker Jack Phillips prepare to defend his religious and free speech rights before the U.S. Supreme Court on December 5, the Australian Parliament is drafting same-sex marriage legislation that some fear could criminalize similar dissent Down Under.

The bill now goes to the lower house for a debate likely to start on Monday, and a vote before the end of the week. "It is time that we were equal", Senator Pratt said.

Conservative Coalition senators presented five amendments that would shield religious institutions, charities, and public officials from being punished for supporting Biblical marriage.

Greens Senator Sarah Hanson Young during the debate on same-sex marriage
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Former prime minister Tony Abbott said he expected similar amendments which were defeated in the Senate to be moved in the lower house.

Conservatives, including the Nationals MP Andrew Broad, have criticised Turnbull for not doing more to accommodate their demands, but Brandis said the government had decided not to "micro-manage" the process but rather let parliament consider a private member's bill and amendments.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale said discriminatory laws had been sent to the dustbin of history.

"Unfortunately I fear I have been proven true", Senator Canavan said.

One Nation leader Pauline Hanson abstained from the final vote, as did Liberal James McGrath and Nationals Bridget McKenzie.

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.

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