Ab­bott fails to kill bill

The Dominion Post - - World -

Former Australian prime min­is­ter Tony Ab­bott has failed in his bid to ef­fec­tively kill off leg­is­la­tion al­low­ing same-sex cou­ples to marry. Ab­bott’s amend­ment to the bill be­fore par­lia­ment was shut down yes­ter­day, al­low­ing it to pro­ceed to the fi­nal stages of be­com­ing law af­ter it passed the Se­nate last week with­out amend­ment. Ab­bott said he moved the amend­ment ‘‘out of re­spect for the mil­lions of Aus­tralians who take re­li­gious free­dom se­ri­ously’’, but ‘‘out of re­spect for the mil­lions who want the SSM bill swiftly passed, I chose not to divide on it’’.

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