Australia same-sex marriage: Results expected imminently

The marriage debate is about nothing more or less than whether fellow human beings can be allowed equality says Bill Hoffman

And while the government faces some difficulties after losing its majority in the lower house following the resignations of Barnaby Joyce and John Alexander in the dual citizenship fiasco, the issue has cross-party support and already plans are in place Liberal senator Dean Smith to introduce a private member's bill in favour of same-sex marriage to the Senate this afternoon.

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.

It also includes exemptions so religious organisations can refuse to conduct same-sex marriages.

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

Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann said his personal instinct was the Smith bill was "probably a good starting position" because it had been subject to a cross-party Senate committee process.

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

It is not known if Senator Paterson's bill is the same bill that Western Australian Liberal MP Ian Goodenough said a collection of a dozen conservative MPs were working on creating, or if there are still more alternative bills to be put forward.

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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".

The federal parliamentary debate to legalise same-sex marriage could begin as early as Thursday if the "yes" vote prevails in the postal survey. PM Turnbull has since expressed that his ministers will continue to back Smith's bill instead, although it will likely be adapted before being presented to parliament. "They didn't vote to license more discrimination and that is what the Paterson bill does".

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".

The results of the same sex marriage postal vote will be revealed at 10am.

"If we were not to implement a decision on marriage equality, the nation would throw up its hands and give up on the parliament", he told a meeting of opposition senators in Canberra.

Labor senator Sam Dastyari said Senator Paterson was being taken for a ride. "We don't want this to be a country with signs like the old "no Irish need apply", he said.

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