5 register opposition to Australian bill

Pauline Gross
December 8, 2017

"This is Australia: fair, diverse, loving and filled with respect for everyone", said an effusive Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as he introduced the bill for a final vote.

The bill cleared the upper house last month and had been expected to pass on Thursday after Turnbull's Liberal-National coalition government and the main opposition Labor Party had previously said they wanted to pass it by December 7.

Senators who opposed the compulsory vote did not necessarily oppose legalization but said the vote would be costly and fuel hate campaigns.

With the new bill, same-sex couples that were legally married in other countries will now have these marriages recognized.

An overwhelming majority of Australians endorsed marriage reform in a postal ballot last month.

The move follows a two-month national postal survey that showed 61% of more than 12 million respondents were in favor of marriage equality.

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Australian law says couples must wait 30 days to get married once they apply to do so.

"My previous public comments regarding civil divorce never envisaged me separating from my wife, but rather our marriage from the state", he said. Leading "no" campaigner Lyle Shelton said it was "deeply disappointing" day.

Five lawmakers have registered their opposition to Australia's bill allowing same-sex marriage across the nation.

The House had been widely expected to approve the historic bill after the Senate approved the same legislation last week. The 500 or so people in the gallery were vocal in their disapproval of the amendments. He even wore a pair of rainbow socks to the Parliament. Simply and fairly, #MarriageEquality is now law!

One highly anticipated wedding will be the Liberal Party's Tim Wilson, who proposed to his partner Ryan Bolger while speaking on gay marriage on the floor of the House earlier this week. "My wife and I, as a matter of conscience, refuse to recognize the government's regulation of marriage if its definition includes the solemnization of same sex couples". It was most recently authorised on Tuesday by Austria's top court by 2019 at the latest.

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