Two Liberal senators have broken ranks to join Labor and the Green members of a senate committee in recommending federal parliament pass legislation to legalise same-sex marriage.
Labor senator Trish Crossin on Monday tabled the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee’s inquiry report on Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s private members bill on the issue.
The committee chair told the upper house the committee had received an unprecedented 79,200 submissions, 46,000 of which were in support of same-sex marriage. The six member committee voted four to two in support of recommending changes the Marriage Act to accommodate same-sex marriages and that the bill pass with minor tweaking.
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