Australian Senate passes marriage bill with no amendments

Australian Senate passes marriage bill with no amendments, by Greg Brown.

The Dean Smith bill to legalise same-sex marriage has passed through the Senate with no amendments.

The bill won the support of the upper house by 43 votes to 12. It will be put to the House of Representatives next week where it will need to win the support of the majority of MPs to become law.

Liberal senator Dean Smith was the final speaker on the third reading of the bill he sponsored, declaring the bill got the “balance correct”.

“The lack of substantive amendments indicates we got the balance correct. The bill expresses a faith in the current architecture of Australia’s religious protections. The architecture is precise,” Senator Smith said. …

Nationals MP Andrew Broad has accused Malcolm Turnbull of showing a “complete lack of leadership” as conservative Coalition MPs show dismay at the likelihood the Dean Smith bill will be passed through the parliament with no amendments. …

He said there was no point in trying to move amendments in the lower house because the numbers were stacked against MPs who want further religious exemptions. …

Queensland MP Scott Buchholz and senator Ian Macdonald yesterday criticised the Prime Minister for lacking an “inner mongrel”, saying he had failed to take on Labor with more “passion and aggression”. …

Liberal frontbencher Zed Seselja last night accused colleagues of conspiring with the Greens and Labor to undermine the rights of parents and freedom of speech.

“Labor, Greens and a handful of Liberals are undermining freedom of speech, religion and parental rights in Australia by voting down these amendments,” he said.

Our way or the highway. Our civilization is being destroyed, brick by brick, on the way to returning to the pre-Christian ethos of might makes right.

hat-tip Stephen Neil