Lib backs same- sex mar­riage

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A LIB­ERAL se­na­tor is about to re­open what has been a deeply di­vi­sive mat­ter for the Coali­tion – same- sex mar­riage.

West Aus­tralian se­na­tor Dean Smith is work­ing on a plan to end the “em­bar­rass­ment” of the na­tion, and le­galise same- sex mar­riage through a con­science vote in Par­lia­ment, de­fy­ing his Gov­ern­ment’s pol­icy of a plebiscite.

Se­na­tor Smith, who is gay, says his pri­vate mem­ber’s Bill is well ad­vanced and he in­tends tak­ing it to the party room in the near fu­ture.

“The Bill is im­por­tant be­cause it will al­low the Lib­eral Party to re­visit the is­sue of mar­riage once and for all be­fore the next elec­tion,” he said.

Last month Prime Min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull ruled out a par­lia­men­tary vote, even though he sup­ports equal­ity. That fol­lowed front­bencher Christo­pher Pyne telling sup­port­ers a change would come “sooner than ev­ery­one thinks”.

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