Australia same-sex marriage: Results expected imminently

Australia same-sex marriage: Results expected imminently

Tiernan Brady, the director of Australian Marriage Equality, told HuffPost Australia last week the religious freedoms argument ran counter-intuitive to the idea of having a vote for marriage equality.

Gay couples would be legally turned away from wedding service providers and anti-discrimination laws created to protect LGBT people overturned under an extraordinary rival same-sex marriage bill released on Monday.

There won't be a coalition position to decide which of two private bills is the starting point for legalising same-sex marriage, a senior Turnbull government insists.

The debate on the Smith bill is expected to start on Thursday and carry through to the next parliamentary sitting week, beginning in late November.

The press conference, by Australia head statistician David Kalisch and deputy Jonathon Palmer, will be broadcast just about everywhere and I'll bring you all the details here.

"We are certainly not going to remove one form of discrimination and at the same time instate another form of discrimination", Senator Brandis said.

Under Senator Paterson's plan, it would also allow any person or business to refuse to co-operate with the staging of same-sex weddings, protecting them from civil litigation under discrimination laws.

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"I've never believed that allowing same-sex couples to marry needs to come at the expense of the freedoms of other Australians".

Good morning and welcome to our rolling coverage of the results of the same sex marriage postal survey. "A yes vote can not and should not and must not become a moment where others try to unravel existing anti-discrimination law".

The proposed bill has been heavily criticised by supporters of gay marriage with Alex Greenwich, co-chair of Australian Marriage Equality, claiming it has the potential to "divide Australians". However, if the Labor Party wins the next federal election, we could see marriage equality be reintroduced in parliament.

At 10am on Wednesday, the result of the survey will be revealed.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari said Senator Paterson was being taken for a ride.

"It could go either way so we don't really want to get our hopes up".

"What you have is a young fogie being led astray by some old fogies".