SAME-SEX MAR­RIAGE WHAT’S NEXT?

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IF THE YES VOTE WINS

Pro­posed laws to le­galise same-sex mar­riage, drafted by Lib­eral se­na­tor Dean Smith, will be in­tro­duced in Par­lia­ment as soon as to­mor­row.

Con­ser­va­tive MPs, who are back­ing an al­ter­na­tive Bill with broader pro­tec­tions for re­li­gious free­dom, will push for amend­ments to the Smith laws.

MPs will de­bate the leg­is­la­tion and have un­til De­cem­ber 7, the last par­lia­men­tary sit­ting day of the year, to pass it. MPs will have a free vote on it and both par­ties be­lieve it will suc­ceed.

Same-sex mar­riage would be­come le­gal as soon as the Bill is given Royal As­sent by the Gov­er­nor-Gen­eral, likely be­fore Christ­mas.

IF THE NO VOTE WINS

Mal­colm Turn­bull has ruled out the Coali­tion mak­ing any move to le­galise same-sex mar­riage in this term of Par­lia­ment and the next.

Same-sex mar­riage sup­port­ers within gov­ern­ment will have to de­cide whether they are will­ing to cross the floor to try and change the law be­fore the next elec­tion.

Bill Shorten has promised La­bor will le­galise same-sex mar­riage within 100 days if he wins the next elec­tion.

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