Rival same-sex marriage bill to trigger Coalition showdown

The Senate could begin debating changes to the Marriage Act as early as this week if the'Yes vote comes out on top

But Mr Turnbull on Tuesday warned Australians would not welcome moves to wind back anti-discrimination protections.

In a further rebuke, he said while parliamentarians would be entitled to put forward and debate amendments, he believed ideas such as Senator Paterson's "would have virtually no prospect of getting through the Parliament".

"They can be debated ... but they shouldn't be confused with this bill which is created to deliver marriage equality".

Sen. Dean Smith, a member of the ruling Liberal Party (which is actually conservative), drafted a bill with bipartisan support that would give religious officials the power to refuse to marry same-sex couples.

"There won't be a government position, there won't be a party position", Senator Cormann said.

"If you are a gay man or a gay woman and you go into a florist and say "I'd like to buy a bunch of flowers", it's just wrong and illegal for florist to say "I don't" serve gay people" just as it would be wrong or illegal for the florist to say to an indigenous person "I don't serve indigenous people'".

"If it's legally and morally wrong to discriminate against one gay person, I don't know how it becomes right to discriminate against two".

The senator also argues it would preserve the freedoms of all Australians.

The bill would also allow parents to remove their children from any classes they believed contained content that did not meet their beliefs about marriage.

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Australians will finally learn the result of a controversial national poll on same-sex marriage Wednesday, with an expected "yes" vote set to unleash a divisive debate over how then to enshrine marriage equality into law.

A majority yes vote will see a private members' bill be introduced in parliament to legalise same-sex marriage in Australia, Malcolm Turnbull said in October.

"There will be a debate about how wide the exemptions would be, some would have them narrowly cast and some more broadly cast".

Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.

Eight in 10 Australians have had their say in the government survey.

Senator Smith last night exclusively told The Sunday Times his Marriage Amendment (Definitions and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017 would be tabled in Parliament the next day.

"If the result is yes, our politicians will need to follow through on a yes result by passing a fair bill that supports true equality".

Almost eight in 10 Australians who received survey forms have had their say with a result to be announced at 10am on Wednesday - if it's a "yes", same-sex marriage could be debated in parliament this week, if not, we'll have to wait for a new government before it's discussed again.

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