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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Has Set Up Showdown With Conservative MPs Over Same-Sex Marriage

A gay marriage bill proposed by West Australian Liberal senator Dean Smith came under ­attack yesterday after it received the written endorsement of Labor Senate leader Penny Wong and Greens leader Richard Di Natale under a process approved by Mr Turnbull.

Speaking in Manila, Mr Turnbull said it was “up to the parliament” to resolve the shape of any same-sex marriage legislation and repudiated stronger protections for service providers with conscientious objections to gay weddings as having “virtually no prospect” of passing the parliament.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Turnbull Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Amid Gay Marriage Poll

“Churches are free to marry whoever they like,” Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said on Friday in Canberra according to a press conference transcript.

“As strongly as I believe in the right of same-sex couples to marry … Religious freedom is fundamental and it will be protected in any bill that emerges from this Parliament.”

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Joins African Union Campaign To End Child Marriage

NIGERIA POLITICS: Nigeria Joins African Union Campaign To End Child Marriage

Women’s rights activists urged Nigeria to accelerate efforts to end child marriage after it joined an African Union (AU) campaign to eliminate the practice.

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AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Defeated

AUSTRALIA POLITICS: Same-Sex Marriage Defeated

“We again call marriage equality supporters across all political parties to work together to find a pathway,” said Alex Greenwich of Marriage Equality.

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