Same-sex marriage debate starts in Senate

Same-sex marriage debate starts in Senate

Same-sex marriage debate starts in Senate

Celebrities around the world including Billy Eichner, Portia de Rossi, Kylie Minogue and even Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted their support of the vote in Australia. "And now it is up to us here in the parliament of Australia to get on with it, to get on with the job the Australian people asked us to do and get this done", Turnbull said.

With Australians returning a resounding "yes" vote, federal MPs will begin to debate same-sex marriage legislation in the Senate.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics said, the non-binding postal vote showed 61.6 per cent of people favour allowing same-sex couples to Wednesday.

Close to four fifths of eligible voters cast their ballots, with almost eight million people voting in favour of the historic change.

"They (Australians) have spoken in their millions and they have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality", Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

The bill will need the approval of both the Senate and the House of Representatives before it passes into law.

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Mr Andrews made the comments while arguing the Smith bill would allow bakers to refuse serving same-sex couples for a wedding if they were against same-sex marriage.

Some Coalition members also want specific laws to protect those with "traditional" views on marriage from discrimination and vilification laws.

Amid public outcry over the hostile discourse, the government had to rush through legalisation to introduce safeguards during the campaign process, including tighter advertising restrictions.

"The Australian people have tasked us to get this done".

Conservative opponents vowed before this morning's result was announced to pursue their campaign for exemptions from the eventual legalisation of gay marriage, which they say will lead to attacks on their freedoms of speech and religion.

'It's been a battle but actually today the battle to make sure that the freedoms of all Australians are protected still goes on, ' she said.

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