Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Turnbull cops a battering over same-sex marriage

Turnbull cops a battering over same-sex marriage

The Paterson bill reportedly shields service providers from discrimination law for refusing goods and services that are directly related to a same-sex wedding, allowing discrimination by businesses such as florists, bakers, hotels, photographers and function centres.

Attorney-General George Brandis is one of those who believe people should not be obliged to marry same-sex couples against the teachings of their church, but said exemptions needed to be regulated to prevent discrimination.

If the result is 'no, ' Turnbull has said it will be off the agenda as long as the Liberal Party is in charge.

The Paterson bill is expected to enjoy substantial support from that quarter as it implements demands from Tony Abbott, Matt Canavan, Michael Sukkar, Zed Seselja, Andrew Hastie, Eric Abetz and Kevin Andrews.

"If the Australian people do vote yes, they're not going to look kindly on the same group of people who have urged a "no" vote not accepting the outcome and trying to delay further", she said.

"There won't be a government position, there won't be a party position", Senator Cormann said.

Senator Paterson said his bill would also include provision for people who were not religious to object to being involved in a same-sex marriage, if it went against their beliefs.

But Mr Turnbull on Tuesday warned Australians would not welcome moves to wind back anti-discrimination protections.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has dismissed a conservative-backed same-sex marriage bill, warning sweeping religious protections that discriminate against gay couples will have no chance of passing Parliament.

In response to concerns over the controversial Safe Schools program, the bill would also allow parents to pull their children out of classes where they "genuinely believe" their kids are being taught a view of marriage inconsistent with their own.

"There will be a debate about how wide the exemptions would be, some would have them narrowly cast and some more broadly cast".

Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.

Senator Smith is aiming to introduce his bill to the upper house on Thursday.

"The objective of the Bill is clear: it creates equal access to marriage while protecting religious freedom in relation to marriage", he said.

"There will no doubt be plenty of amendments the end of it they will come to a conclusion on an amended bill".

After months of campaigning from both sides of the spectrum, the votes from Australia's historic same-sex marriage postal survey have been counted, and will finally be revealed on Wednesday, November 15, at 10am AEDT.

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