Mar­riage rush to al­ter law

Sunday Mail - - NEWS -

LIB­ERAL Sen­a­tor Dean Smith will make his­tory this week, con­firm­ing he will in­tro­duce his same-sex mar­riage Bill on Thurs­day – one day af­ter the re­sult of the na­tional postal sur­vey is an­nounced.

Aus­tralia will fi­nally know on Wed­nes­day how more than 12 mil­lion peo­ple voted in the eight-week poll, with a “yes” re­sult mean­ing gay cou­ples might be able to get mar­ried be­fore Christ­mas.

Sen­a­tor Smith, from WA, last night told the Sun­day Mail that his Mar­riage Amend­ment (Def­i­ni­tions and Re­li­gious Free­doms) Bill 2017 would be tabled in Par­lia­ment the fol­low­ing day.

“I am sure the great ma­jor­ity of Aus­tralians share my view – if a ‘yes’ vote is an­nounced, the par­lia­men­tary de­bate should be­gin at the ear­li­est pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity,” he said.

“Af­ter a cost of $122 mil­lion, and over two months of cam­paign­ing and years of pub­lic dis­cus­sion, it makes no sense to de­lay a par­lia­men­tary de­bate.

“Aus­tralians up­held their end of the bar­gain by vot­ing en masse. Now it’s time for Par­lia­ment to up­hold its end of the deal.”

Sen­a­tor Smith said as the Se­nate was sit­ting this week, it made “no sense” to de­lay mak­ing mar­riage equal­ity law.

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