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Marriage bill clears senate

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s upper house Senate yesterday passed a measure to legalise same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow
religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples. Conservative lawmakers had pressed for broad protections for religious objectors but amendments for lay celebrants to refuse to solemnise same-sex marriages and permitting caterers opposed to the unions to refuse service were defeated or abandoned. The bill moves to the lower house next week, where conservatives hope for a push to add measures exempting objectors to same-sex marriage from existing laws against discrimination.

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