Marriage Law survey results out tomorrow

Cheryl Sanders
November 14, 2017

Australian Statistician, David W Kalisch, will release the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey at a media conference at 10am on November 15.

In the case of a no result, the issue of same-sex marriage will be ruled out of parliament for the remainder of the Coalition's term, as well as the next, should they remain in government.

The Senator from Victoria said his bill would allow any Australian to declare that they would not participate in a same-sex wedding if it violated their religious beliefs.

"If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians - not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No", said HRLC director of legal advocacy, Anna Brown.

The bill ensures exemptions for ministers of religion and celebrants with genuine belief and allows a limited form of conscientious objection.


Paterson's bill would allow a wide range of service providers, religious or secular, to turn away gay couples asking for wedding services.

The bill would also guarantee the right of parents to opt their children out of school classes that conflicted with their values.

Senator Smith said he was hopeful the Yes vote would prevail, but even if Australians voted No he would still introduce the Bill to the Senate this week.

It also allows religious organisations to refuse to make goods and services for the objective of a marriage.

Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate. "This Bill will encroach on many of these protections in an extraordinary and perilous way", she said in a statement.


Almost eight in 10 Australians who received the Australian Bureau of Statistics same-sex marriage survey form have already had their say.

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

Australia has edged closer to legalising same-sex marriage with a diverse group of cross-party senators backing a Liberal senator's bill to change the law. Many other MPs have said it's 'complicated' and will wait for the final result before they announce their move.

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". "It is only a question of which bill becomes the starting point", he told reporters in Canberra on Tuesday. "From what we've seen so far this is just another attempt to delay passing marriage equality", he said.


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