Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Senate rejects first two religious exemption amendments to marriage equality bill


There are more coming and the senate will continue to hear these proposed amendments over the coming days from the far right of the gov. The bill itself has passed the senate after the second reading (the first marriage equality bill to pass either house of parliament) and has now gone to discussion for proposed changes. 

After the first two amendments have been defeated, it's not looking too good for the RWNJ's wanting a plethora of discriminatory religious exemptions. The first two were defeated 41/24. Perhaps the strength of the senate defeat is a reflection of the support in it to pass marriage equality without unraveling Australia's anti-discrimination laws already in place in various states. The Yes side has made the very strong point that Australians voted for equality in the survey, not to introduce new laws to discriminate.

The Guardian
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