Same-sex marriage campaigners and volunteers cheer as they call on politicians to pass marriage equality legislation during an equality rally outside Parliament House in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, on Thursday. The government has appointed a panel to examine how to safeguard religious freedoms once gay marriage is a reality in Australia. Existing civil celebrants can also refuse to officiate at gay weddings, but celebrants registered after gay marriage becomes law would not be exempt from the anti-discrimination laws. It was proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis and supported by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, both gay marriage supporters. The result is a political win for Turnbull, who became prime minister after deposing Abbott in 2015 in an internal government leadership ballot.
Source: Bangkok Post December 07, 2017 07:41 UTC