Gay marriage bill introduced to parliament

November 15, 2017

Liberal Senator Dean Smith is congratulated by Australian Attorney-General George Brandis.

Draft laws to legalise same-sex marriage have been introduced to parliament, with a group of cross-party senators supporting Liberal senator Dean Smith's bill.

The private senator's bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday after the Australian Bureau of Statistics announced a 61.6 per cent 'yes' vote in support of changing the Marriage Act.

Debate on the same-sex marriage legislation is due to start in the upper house on Thursday, with Attorney-General George Brandis expecting the Senate will deal with it by the end of the next sitting week on November 30.

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