In a 43-12 vote, the Australian Senate passed a bill on Wednesday to legalize homosexual “marriage.”
This was bad news for conservatives. The Senate rejected attempts to allow business owners who provide wedding services or non-clergy authorized to solemnize weddings to opt-out of same-sex “marriages” based on their sincerely held religious beliefs. It also rejected a provision to allow parents to opt children out of class instruction that normalizes homosexuality.
The Australian House of Representatives could take action on the bill as early as next week, and conservatives are expected to attempt to include these religious liberty exceptions.
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