Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull back in Australia for #SSM survey results

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull back in Australia for #SSM survey results

Marriage equality campaigners seized on the result of the postal vote, and said Australia should quickly become the 25th nation to legalize same-sex unions.

However, even with the "Yes" vote getting up, the survey result is non-binding on the Australian Government to legalise same-sex marriage. At 10am on the dot, we'll know whether Australia voted Yes on same-sex marriage.

Twelve million voted in the poll with 61 per cent voting yes to same-sex marriage.

Results from the Australian postal survey on marriage equality are being announced today and senator Dean Smith is ready for a "yes" vote. But he may have to compete with another bill from conservative Liberal Senator James Paterson that contains provisions such as allowing "conscientious objections" for people who don't wish to cater for gay weddings due to their religious beliefs.

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Lawyers, churches, think tanks and interest groups will clamour for attention in coming weeks as they try to tell politicians what to do. In an interview in October, Turnbull said that the bill could be dealt with before Christmas.

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

"I don't agree with the prime minister that this bill makes activities which are now legal, illegal", Canavan told RN Breakfast.

After months of fierce debate on both sides, supporters of marriage equality are expected to emerge victorious.

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Liberal senators Linda Reynolds and Jane Hume, Labor's Penny Wong and Louise Pratt, the Greens' Richard Di Natale and Janet Rice, Skye Kakoschke-Moore from the Nick Xenophon Team and Derryn Hinch all signed the motion with Smith.

A handful of MPs have vowed to ignore the public's will and vote against the bill anyway, but they are few and far between.

Paterson's bill could override all anti-discrimination laws passed by state and territory level legislatures.

Greenwich said the campaign had made more than 1m phone calls and knocked 100,000 doors, an "unprecedented" level of support that had exceeded "any campaign in our history".

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