PM to return in time for same sex marriage vote

PM to return in time for same sex marriage vote

PM to return in time for same sex marriage vote

Almost 80 per cent of Australians took part in the voluntary vote, which asked whether or not the law should be changed to allow same sex couples to marry.

Australia has voted "Yes" to same-sex marriage.

The bill will be introduced in to the Senate on Wednesday for debate on Thursday and the Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has offered the opposition's support to help "stare down the conservatives seeking to delay marriage equality".

Same-sex couples hoping to marry will find out if a change to the Marriage Act will be legislated this year when the results are announced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics at 10am Wednesday.

"It is a process that we have to conclude by Christmas if we're going to keep faith with the Australian people", Mr Zimmerman said.

"I don't believe Australians would welcome, and certainly the Government. would not countenance making legal, discrimination that is illegal, that is unlawful today", he said.

"It think it indicates what modern Australia is", he told Sky News.

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"Senator Canavan has been part of a group inside the Liberal Party who have fought tooth and nail not to bring this into the parliament", she told ABC radio. But there's still a key question: if the country does the right thing and votes Yes, when will we actually get marriage equality?

Wong said parliament should not be distracted by the Paterson Bill.

However, the vote itself is only indicative - meaning politicians are free to come to whatever conclusions they like, whether that accounts for the vote or not. It already has the support of numerous "no" campaign's biggest advocates.

Some conservatives have suggested they will put forward their marriage bill in the Coalition party room in two weeks, but senior ministers including influential conservative Mathias Cormann have protected the prime minister's position by insisting the parliament will choose which bill and amendments to allow.

"A yes vote can not and should not and must not become a moment where others try to unravel existing anti-discrimination law", he said.

The postal survey, which cost $122 million, was an attempt from the Turnbull government to fulfil its election promise for a plebiscite on the social reform.

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