Well well well. It seems the RWNJ's have been rather stunned by the strength of the Yes vote in the postal survey that they designed to fail. I suspect many of those who went on the electoral role just to vote in the survey were doing it out of sheer frustration at the gov continually blocking LGBT equality. The resulting Yes vote was nothing less than a huge slap in the face for the RWNJ's in their delusional world where they think the majority of the public supports them.
Now they appear to be slowly giving up on throwing a spanner in the works of the Dean Smith bill by putting up endless religious protections and are instead in favour of a completely separate bill for religious exemptions to be put up next year. It looks like even they realise their support against marriage equality never existed as they imagined and it's now untenable tor them to block and delay equality after the public voted yes in the survey the conservatives demanded.
There was no "silent majority" of those against marriage equality. It was nothing more than a figment of conservative imagination.
Leading conservative cabinet minister Peter Dutton has intervened in the debate about same-sex marriage laws, slapping down calls for sweeping changes to senator Dean Smith's proposed legislation but suggesting a new "religious protections" bill may be introduced in 2018.
And Treasurer Scott Morrison has also indicated he would also back a new "religious protections" bill, telling Fairfax Media that "right now we should deal with same-sex marriage, but wherever there is a chance to back religious protections, I will do so".
Senator Smith, one of the architects of the same-sex marriage law that Parliament began debating on Thursday, suggested amendments designed to offer legal exemptions for religious groups and organisations may better fit elsewhere in " the legal architecture of our country".
The comments from Mr Dutton and Mr Morrison, two senior conservative figures in the Turnbull government, who both supported a "no" vote, suggest opposition to same-sex marriage is evaporating. Sydney Morning Herald