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Senator Dean Smith Is Getting A Lot Of Wedding Invitations

Liberal senator Dean Smith has said he’s “chuffed” to be receiving invitations to same-sex weddings in 2018. Smith’s same-sex marriage bill, co-signed by eight other senators, passed its final vote last Thursday amid emotional scenes in the House of Representatives. The senator, who is gay, told PerthNow that he’d been “inundated” with personal stories from …

Emotions Run High As Gay Senators Speak About Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Senators Dean Smith and Penny Wong have delivered emotional speeches as debate gets underway on his same-sex marriage bill. Smith’s widely-supported private member’s bill was introduced to the Senate on Wednesday with the help of a cross-party group of Senators, just hours after it was announced 61.6 per cent of Australians had voted ‘yes’ in …

Christian Group Wants Dean Smith’s Marriage Bill Passed By Christmas

A Brisbane priest who supports marriage equality has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage legislation and warned a “shameful” new rival bill would “legalise homophobia”. Reverent Dr Peter Catt (pictured) is Dean of St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane and a member of lobby group Christians for Marriage Equality. “Since the beginning of this survey, …

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Liberal MP Slams Calls For LGBTI Discrimination In Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Liberal senator Dean Smith has said undermining Australia’s anti-discrimination laws following the same-sex marriage postal survey would allow similar moves against other minority groups. With the announcement of the postal survey result a fortnight away, “no” campaigners have begun pushing for all “conscientious objectors” to be allowed to refuse services to same-sex couples in the …

Same-Sex Marriage Bill ‘Needs 100 Amendments,’ Conservatives Say

Conservative MPs are reportedly proposing a long list of amendments they want made to the most prominent same-sex marriage bill if a “yes” vote is returned in the postal survey next month. They plan to suggest a staggering 60 to 100 amendments to the bill put forward by Western Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith, The …

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Labor Backs Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Labor has backed Liberal Senator Dean Smith’s same-sex marriage bill if the same-sex marriage survey delivers a majority “yes” vote next month. The Labor caucus on Tuesday voted to allow a conscience vote on the bill – which contains protections for religious freedoms demanded by conservatives – should the Australian Bureau of Statistics announce a …

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Senator Dean Smith Unveils Marriage Equality Bill

Senator Dean Smith has revealed his private members’ bill to allow same-sex marriage ahead of Monday’s Liberal party room meeting. He, along with lower house MPs Warren Entsch, Trevor Evans, Tim Wilson and Trent Zimmerman, all of whom except Entsch are gay men, is pushing for a parliamentary vote on marriage equality, saying it must …

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Liberal Dean Smith Working On Marriage Equality Bill

Liberal Senator Dean Smith has confirmed he is drafting a marriage equality bill in a bid to pass the reform before the next election. “The bill is important because it will allow the Liberal Party to revisit the issue of marriage once and for all before the next election,” the openly gay senator told Perth’s …

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Gay Liberal Senator to oppose marriage plebiscite

The first openly gay Liberal senator Dean Smith states that he won’t vote for the marriage plebiscite. Additionally, Mr Smith described the idea of a plebiscite to Fairfax Media as ‘abhorrent’. The gay Liberal senator also said he would cross the floor or abstain from voting for the legislation enabling the public vote. “As a lifelong …