AUSTRALIA: PM Turnbull Rebukes Marriage Bill That Would Allow Discrimination, “No Prospect” Of Passing

The Guardian reports:

The government “would not countenance” legalising discrimination against same-sex weddings and a bill to do so would have “virtually no prospect” of passing parliament, Malcolm Turnbull has said in an extraordinary rebuke of conservatives demanding the rollback of anti-discrimination laws.

As conservative Coalition MPs and senators rallied around the same-sex marriage bill released on Monday by Liberal senator James Paterson, Turnbull slapped them down ahead of the release of marriage law survey results at 10am on Wednesday.

Turnbull’s intervention contrasted with calls from Tony Abbott to do more to protect religious freedom than the Dean Smith marriage bill and “entrench the right to dissent from any new orthodoxy”. The Paterson bill has been criticised by lawyers, marriage equality advocates and the attorney general, George Brandis, for allowing discrimination against same-sex weddings by commercial service providers.

NOTE: 10am Wednesday in Sydney is 6pm today in New York City. I’ve got a live survey result post scheduled to go up at 5pm. The YES side is planning events in multiple cities, the NO side has nothing planned. Good sign?

  • bkmn

    Good, draw that line in the sand early and repeat as needed.

    • Ninja0980

      I still remember Rhode Island’s civil union bill being watered down so much it was basically useless to same sex couples.
      Can’t let that happen with Australia.

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    • I don’t particularly like Turnbull but glad he’s taking this stance, at least.

  • Tawreos

    That is some good news at least.

  • VodkaAndPolitics

    The only thing “right to discriminate” bills get conservatives and the government is hefty legal fees 6 months to a year down the road.

    • Tawreos

      They don’t care they get the boost today and a boost when they blame it on the “snowflakes” from the other side that just want persecute christians when the lawsuits come.

  • AlternativeQuacks
    • Boreal

      Blasphemous marsupials. Gawd will punish them for their sin and also the low cut of that gown.

      • Tawreos

        The whole thing is not doing the poor dear any favors, and white…really? =)

        • /

          She’d better have kept that pouch empty until marriage.

        • northern_neighbour

          Hussy that she is. Clearly as a seductive underage teen she would have hustled that poor victim, Roy Moore, out of his trousers quickly enough.

          Not that there is anything unChristian about snatching wallaby pussy, but this Delilah Temptress of a child bride Wallaby Wannabe, … she clearly has no shame, nor in bringing down a great Alabama patriot years later … the gold digging little slut.

          • Tawreos

            Roy is just lucky this one can’t talk.

      • worstcultever

        Not to mention, their titties are hidden in a pouch! What fun is THAT for the Weinsteins and Dotards and Moores of the world?

    • another_steve

      The last time I married a kangaroo, it shat all over the lovely bedspread that my mother gave us as a wedding gift.

      I’m finished with kangaroos.

      • Ben in Oakland

        What about a jaredroo. They are smaller, and frequently housetrained.

        • another_steve

          Jared will obey me or else I’ll withhold food and water.

          • Ben in Oakland

            So you have threatened repeatedly. Even The Jared doesn’t take that seriously. Just look at how nonchalant he is— not even a smidge of Chaka t can be found anywhere on his perfect skin.

          • another_steve

            He’s been bewitched by that shiksa bitch of his.

            Removing him from her claws will do him good.

      • prixator
    • Todd20036

      Is that kangaroo entitled to wear white?

      • another_steve

        She looks rather trampy to me.

        I’d say no.

    • /

      Still a better fit than Kim Davis in dresses #1, #2, and #4.

    • nocadrummer

      … Kangaroo Courts?

      or maybe Kangaroo courting?

    • NZArtist

      I’m reminded of that old Australian love song:

    • Professor Barnhardt

      (ETA: I see that NZArtist and I immediately thought of the same song.)

      So does this mean that “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” is about BDSM?

      Let’s all help out Dinesh D’Souza with his “gay-democrat-Kenyan-liberals are Nazis” theme by sharing this video, which hands down is the strangest thing I have ever seen on the interwebz:

  • Blake Jordan

    Color me surprised… I would have totally expected him to bend over for far reaching discriminatory amendments…

    • bobbleobble

      This is what makes me cautiously optimistic. As I’ve said elsewhere, this is not Turnbull’s style. I don’t think he would’ve come out with this unless he felt sure of his position. If he was unsure or there was a NO I would’ve expected him to hedge.

  • zhera

    I’m going to assume that Turnbull already know the final result. This rebuke is a sign that the Yes win is BIG!


  • AlternativeQuacks

    OT – (Australia is an ally, but not in NATO, so this couldn’t have been them.)

    • Halou

      It is probably Canada due to their proximity to the US and may be hit by stray warheads from NK or wind-spread radiation. If it is from another NATO ally then I can only guess that it has something to do with Trump trusting the word of Putin over any western intelligence agency.

      We have already seen, after the inauguration day, Trump’s white house seeking details on a (at the time) two year old piece of Russian propaganda claiming Polish army units were crossing the border into Belarus, and what the US can do in response.

      • boatboy_srq

        Hard to decide which is worse: Lord Dampnut pushing the button because some ugly CNN piece set him off, or Pence doing it because Gun-Totin’ Capitalist White Jeebus will save all the Good People™.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      That would be us. I can’t confirm anything officially, but as always, I have my little birds.

  • Halou

    After wasting tens of millions of dollars demanding the matter be settled firmly against LGBT rights by a plebiscite, bigots are now saying it must be settled exclusively against LGBT rights by way of legislation. I can’t wait to see what their move is after that attempt fails.

    • Lizard

      They could take a leaf out of Ted Cruz’s book and shut down the entire government.

    • Ben in Oakland

      They’ll hold their breaths and demand sex with Sandy Rios.

  • boatboy_srq

    the NO side has nothing planned

    Sounds about right. Planned? no; Schemed? certainly.

  • JackFknTwist

    So results tomorrow, Wed.
    that should be interesting !

    • Lizard

      Today, if you’re in the US. Australia is over the international date line.

      • JackFknTwist

        I’m not. But I guess it’s their Wednesday already !

  • j.martindale

    I hope the Supreme Court is taking note of this.

    • Al Prazolam

      It’s Justice Kennedy who has to see this. The four other conservatives on the court are lost from the get-go.

  • BobSF_94117

    the NO side has nothing planned

    They may have no events planned, but I bet the grifting campaigns are revving up.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Isn’t that Roger Snow in that photo impersonating Turnbull?

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Hopefully those parties don’t end up like the Dems on that cold November night last year. That said, don’t kid yourselves, the NO campaign don’t plan, they plot.

  • Lane

    I’m told the Pilsner here in SF (great beer! amazing patio! surly bar staff but that’s part of the charm!) is going to carry the results live on TV. I’ll be watching there tonight.