Abbott's bid to delay marriage bill fails

Abbott's bid to delay marriage bill fails

This is the time frame more than 100 MPs had to share their thoughts on same-sex marriage in a speech to Queensland Parliament.

An Australian lawmaker giving a speech on same-sex marriage proposed to his gay partner Monday during Parliament's debate on a bill that is expected to soon legalize marriage equality across the country.

The House of Representatives passed the bill to change the definition of marriage from exclusively between a man and a man to "a union of two people".

HINKLER MP Keith Pitt has vowed to support all amendments to the same-sex marriage Bill as he believes it's critical that no voters have their views protected.

All amendments were struck down, and the bill passed unchanged from the one that cleared the Senate last week.

Turnbull, a gay marriage supporter, says he wants wedding celebrants, not just those affiliated with churches, to have the right to refuse to officiate at same-sex marriages.

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"I'll be supporting the proposed amendments for religious freedoms when they are introduced", he said.

The bill is expected to reach a final vote later on Thursday, after parliament considers a series of amendments from conservative government MPs and the Greens. "The question though is we need to get the balances right in terms of the protections of those people who have fundamental beliefs based on religion or otherwise", he added.

A nonbinding postal survey found that 62 percent of Australian respondents wanted gay marriage to be legal.

The only potential obstacle to the law passing on Thursday would be if marriage equality opponents managed to amend the legislation.

While marriage equality could become law this week, state marriage registries have said they could not proceed with weddings until January due to paperwork.

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