Out Liberal senator Dean Smith on Thursday introduced a bill that seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Australia. Smith's bill comes just a day after results of a national survey on marriage equality were announced. An overwhelming majority (61.6%) of respondents voted “yes” to a change in the law. In introducing his bill, Smith said that LGBT people often face the hurdle of self-acceptance and that marriage is vital because “nothing speaks more of acceptance than marriage.” Conservatives are expected to push for amendments that protect religious freedom and undermine the rights of gay couples.
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