LIVE VIDEO: Australian Parliament Makes Final Vote On Same-Sex Marriage Bill, Passage Considered Likely

The Daily Telegraph reports:

Same-sex marriage faces its final test in Parliament this morning when politicians vote on final changes to the historic bill proposed by Tony Abbott. Labor predicts the bill can pass parliament as early as 2pm today — the final scheduled sitting day of the year — if no last-minute changes to the bill are made. But if any changes are approved, both houses of parliament will be forced to remain in Canberra tomorrow until the bill is passed.

“If any of the amendments are carried, and I don’t think they will be, we have a problem,” Labor frontbencher Tony Burke told Sky News this morning. “I would be surprised if any of the amendments get up and certainly if they were to get up, we could potentially be here for quite a while.” Mr Burke predicted same-sex marriage could be made legal in Australia shortly before Question Time at 2pm, or about an hour after the session at 4pm.

2PM Canberra time is 10PM NYC time. I think.

Watch live here. Starts shortly.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports:

Just after 10pm last night Bob Katter decided he would join his colleagues in the House of Representatives and share his thoughts on same-sex marriage. It was quite the eye-opener. Mr Katter began his rambling address by criticising the debate as “drivel” and noting that no one seems to get married in North Queensland anyway. He later started rambling about genetics, AIDS and the “vanishing race”.

“The people advocating this proposition tonight, the LGBTIs, have maybe 60 years on their side. I have 3.5 million years of genetic programming on my side, because we human beings, they tell us, have been around for 3.5 million years,” he said. “One thing that is absolutely certain is that we’ve all developed from heterosexual couples. That is one thing we know absolutely — up until the last 40 years, anyway.”

Then made extraordinary allegations about children getting AIDS. “You talk about equality. They wanted equality in the giving of blood. They said, ‘We as homosexuals have a right to give blood,’ so they did, and I think 72 children were injected with AIDS from the blood that was given. It was hushed up. It was amazing to me that it never got any publicity at all.”

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

      But kangaroos will be marrying koalas.

      • AlternativeQuacks

        There’s going to be lesbians playing tennis!!!! TENNISGHAZI!!1!

        • bkmn

          in the court

          • jerry

            Margaret’s court?

          • William

            That’s one court they don’t want to go to.

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      • William

        All the koalas have chlamydia.

        • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

          Is that why the Qantas Koala got fired?

          • RobynWatts

            And why Quickie Koala wasn’t renewed for a second season on CBS’s Saturday Morning lineup back in the early 1980’s?

        • TheManicMechanic

          Koalamydia!!11

      • RobynWatts

        …..Joeys and Dingos together.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        No way. Koalas are filthy with chlamydia.

      • Lane

        Yeah, but the koalas are all riddled with chlamydia. 🙁

        ETA: Which I now see was already mentioned.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Coke me!!!!!

          • William

            I said it first.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            I wanna know how you knew before everybody else.

          • William

            Some nature program years ago.

        • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

          But the kangaroos will have a jump on treatment

    • safari

      Terrifying

    • Ninja0980

      Don’t fuck with a kangaroo.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    “Hold my dentures”

    — DT

  • Judas Peckerwood

    I want to see him debate Trump. Whoever makes the least sense in the most hateful way wins.

    • RobynWatts

      You would need a translator for tRump….it would be hard to understand Mango Mushmouth otherwise.

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg they are saying the lord’s prayer right now

    that explains a few things

  • BobSF_94117

    Let me guess, he’s an atheist, right?

    • Dazzer

      🙂

  • MT YVR

    “I’m not anti-homosexual, I just am against it.”

    http://www.dictionary.com/browse/anti-

    a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite of,” “antiparticle of,” used in the formation of compound words ( anticline); used freely in combination with elements of any origin ( antibody; antifreeze; antiknock; antilepton).

    But ya are, fucker, ya aaaaare.

  • bkmn

    It’s a real shame a dingo didn’t eat Katter when he was a baby.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      A dingo did, but vomited him right back up.

      • MT YVR

        Oh, I thought it was like that cat coffee that went straight through and came out the other side.

        • Mrs. Councillor Nugent

          Civet Cat coffee is the shitiest coffee that money can buy. . .

      • j.martindale

        Well, it apparently fully digested his brains.

    • BobSF_94117

      One did.

  • JCF

    Do the right thing, Oz. Get this DONE!

  • Boreal
    • Hank

      Keep that up and you may be forced to resign!!!

    • AlternativeQuacks

      Yeah, right, pretend you’re not interested.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “My eyes are UP HERE, Roo!!!!”

        • Lars Littlefield

          Reminds me of my favorite sexist joke.
          Q: Why do men scratch their balls first thing in the morning?
          A: Because they can.

          • JCF

            I thought that was the punch line “Why does a dog lick his….”

          • Reality.Bites

            A couple of weeks before my operation I met with an anaesthetist to discuss what prescription, non-prescription drugs, vitamins, etc. I use.

            When he got to recreational drug use he asked how often after I said I use weed and I said daily. He asked why and I said, “Because I can.”

    • Miji

      K1: And then he did this, and she was all like, “Ughh, Mr. Lauer, I gotta go!”
      K2: Yeah, he is creepy!

  • Pollos Hermanos

    Australia doesn’t mess around. I remember how long it took Massachusetts to get their crap together after the court ordered them to.

    Australia holds a non-binding referendum and BOOM! Deal done.

    http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2016/02/06/10/30EE89AF00000578-3434736-image-a-46_1454752950206.jpg

    • Lane

      It took 180 days of laissez faire. The court decision was released Nov 18, marriages started May 17. The court said the state could act faster, but the legislature didn’t want to, and Romney as governor gave them no incentive to do so either.

      • Reality.Bites

        It was all so low-key here, taking everyone by surprise. And not only was it immediate, it was retroactive. A number of couples had been married in Christian churches using banns, instead of licenses starting in January 2001 and they were ordered to be recognized retroactive to the wedding dates.

        So ironically, from 2001 to 2003, the only legal same-sex marriages in Canada were religious, not civil.

        https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ontario-appeal-court-rules-in-favour-of-same-sex-marriage/article4357065/

        The decision deems Canadian law on traditional marriage unconstitutional and was effective immediately.

        “The existing common-law definition of marriage violates the couple’s equality rights on the basis of sexual orientation under [the Charter]” the 61-page written ruling said.

        The Appeal Court also declared Ottawa’s definition invalid and demanded it be immediately changed to refer to “two persons” instead of “one man and one woman.” It ordered the city clerk to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples seeking a legal union.

        • Lane

          And that’s what you get for having a Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

          Stupid Charters. Always enabling rights and freedoms.

  • William

    How do i go about ordering an Australian husband? Is there a website?

  • Stev84

    I didn’t follow this in detail. What about all these “religious freedom” changes the haters threatened? Did all that nonsense get voted down?

    Googling Bob Katter shows many pictures of him wearing a cowboy hat. Politicians wearing cowboy hats seem to have many things in common.

    • Bluto

      So far, yes.

    • Jim in TO

      The amendment from the “no” side at 2nd reading (which was to basically gut the bill) was defeated. They are now discussing the amendments from the Greens who want to change the bill (they are pro-LGBT). These amendments were all voted down in the Senate so this is posturing. I suspect there will be more amendments from the no side that will be debated today.

    • Dazzer

      bald patches?

  • Blake J Butler
    • Christopher

      Terrifying and beautiful at the same time. Kind of like an erupting volcano.

    • William
    • RobynWatts

      And not a peep from the Orange One about this….

      Right, i’ve forget! Starting a war in the Middle East….priorities. 😡

      • JCF

        Blue State. So, Meh.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      JFC. That’s MORNING?

  • Herald

    What the hell is he blathering about? What “young lads” are being forced to go to school in dresses?

    • Gigi

      What’s even more scary to nutters like Katter than same-sex couples having the right to marry? A little boy who chooses to wear a dress to school and isn’t ridiculed and attacked by his classmates.

  • Gigi

    On Topic: Watch this epic takedown of Kray Kray Katter by gay Australian comedian Josh Thomas.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6MH1sOW_CVQ

    • Dazzer

      Thanks for that. Very enjoyable 🙂

    • Bluto

      that is AWESOME.

  • Gregok
    • Gigi

      Translation: Don’t get too close to me when others are around but I don’t mind a reach around when no one else know about it. (Gross!)

  • j.martindale

    Remarkable! The nutters in Australia are just as stupid as they are in America. They really think that by permitting gay people to marry, it is going to affect the birth rate. They just cannot think things through to their rational conclusions.

    • William

      Britain did not always send their best and brightest to the colonies.

      • Dazzer

        Not sure about that.

        I was watching government ministers in the Brexit debate and I’m not convinced about the ones they left in Blighty.

        • William

          A few chewed their way out of the nets.

  • -M-

    Yay! for some good news. And the idiotic pustule Katter can just fuck off to Hell where he belongs.

    • -M-

      There have been gay people as long as there’ve been people and same-sex marriages & weddings as long as people have been getting married. What’s new is equal access to the suite of domestic partnership benefits that go with civil marriage in modern society.

  • Friday

    Well, the Christians down there sure managed to elect some real cracked crockery. No wonder this took so long despite the long popularity of equality.

    (Of course the guy’s arithmetic was wrong, it’d be about ten million *if* the whole population bred and died every twenty years. 🙂

  • j.martindale

    I am not dismayed by the stupidity of Katter. In fact, I know many people with IQs that are probably his level or less, although they are not nearly as nasty as he is. The problem isn’t his stupidity. It is the stupidity of people that think such a mentally challenged man is suitable for a high position in government.

    • Reality.Bites

      He doesn’t have a high position in government. He’s a political grandstander who not only formed his own party, he named it after himself.

      Katter was a member of the National Party until 2001, when he left to sit as an independent. He formed his own party, Katter’s Australian Party, in 2011.

      • j.martindale

        Is he in Parliament there?

        • Reality.Bites

          Yes, as the only member of his party.

          That’s not a high position in government. It’s a backbench MP in opposition – and not the official opposition or a third or fourth party. No one voting for him is under the impression they are voting for a potential part of the government.

          It would be like saying Bernie Sanders had a high position in government if he wasn’t allowed to caucus with the Democrats.

  • OdieDenCO

    yes bob, there is genetic programing for hetro. there is programing for homo. the is programing for A. there is programming for everything in between. what part of that can’t you understand?

    • Natty Enquirer

      Any part that isn’t exactly like Bob.

  • Hue-Man

    8:25 PST Vote on amendments to occur around 8:30 PST.

  • Tempus Fuggit

    I guess this is Katter who’s presently frothing off as though afflicted with Mad Cow.

    • JoeMyGod

      Yup. One of the MPs just swiped at him by reminding him that gay marriage will not be “compulsory” despite what he says.

      • coram nobis

        Who would want to marry him?

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • Tempus Fuggit

    Why does the Speaker keep saying “I think the ayes have it” when clearly the Noes do, then calling for division, whereupon yeah, turns out the noes had it in the first place? Is this just a tactic to stave off spurious objections?

  • JoeMyGod
  • Tempus Fuggit

    That’s quite a lovely bright green…how do you call that, a frock she’s wearing? I wonder if they make it in her size.

  • coram nobis

    Katter the Hatter? As in, mad hatter?

  • JoeMyGod
  • JoeMyGod
  • DaddyRay

    I guess I didn’t need to sleep tonight

    • JoeMyGod

      We’re almost there.

      • DaddyRay

        it is 1:30 for you so I can’t complain

  • David L. Caster

    Isn’t there a procedural way to conclude this endless noise?

  • DaddyRay

    Let’s get this done

  • DaddyRay

    Lock the Doors tight
    Let’s have a Kiki

  • David L. Caster

    FInally!

  • DaddyRay
  • David L. Caster

    You go boys!

  • DaddyRay

    What the hell

    • David L. Caster

      There’s always always an asshole somewhere.

      • Ben in Oakland

        And they are always full of shit! 3.5 millions years of genetic programming. And it is just as true as it ever was.

        • David L. Caster

          Yup.

  • NowAnAgnostic

    What does Division Required mean?

  • David L. Caster

    Now it is truly and finally done.

  • Slim Compersion

    Australia just brought itself up to the 21st Century. Good for them!