TODAY IS D-DAY FOR SAME SEX MARRIAGE VOTE
AUSTRALIANS will learn today whether same-sex marriage will be legalised, with Malcolm Turnbull declaring it should be a reality by the end of the year if the Yes vote wins.
More than 12.6 million people voted in the postal survey and final polling numbers suggest as many as 63 per cent backed changing the nation’s marriage laws.
Legislation to pave the way for same-sex couples to marry from next year has been lodged in Parliament by Liberal senator Dean Smith – cosigned by Labor, Greens and crossbench colleagues – and debate could start as soon as tomorrow.
The Prime Minister said every MP would be free to vote with their conscience and move any amendments to the Smith Bill, which is expected to have the numbers to pass through the Parliament by December 7.
He said the debate in Canberra would be “free-flowing” and “Parliament at its best”.
Mr Turnbull said “the pollsters will be really rocked” if the Yes vote did not win.
“Each house will vote on the amendments and vote on the Bill and it is my belief that the Parliament will duly resolve, if the people have voted Yes, to legalise same-sex marriage before we get up at the end of the year.”
Shana Engelhart and Tania Veivers say it will ‘mean everything’ to them if they are able to be married