Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Australian Senate Overwhelmingly Approves Bill to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage
Voice of America News reports:
Just two weeks after Australians overwhelmingly endorsed same-sex marriage in a nationwide write-in survey, the Australian Senate acted accordingly on Wednesday, easily approving a bill to allow the practice by a vote of 43-12.
The bill passed after lawmakers rejected amendments by conservatives that would legally protect people who refuse to provide professional services to same-sex couples on religious grounds, including lay ministers and civil celebrants, as well as vendors like caterers and florists.
The bill will be taken up next week by the lower House of Representatives, where it is also expected to be easily approved. Conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to have the bill approved before Christmas.
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