SAME-SEX MARRIAGE WHAT’S NEXT?
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.