WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith's bill to redefine marriage passed the Australian Senate this afternoon 43 votes to 12, with Australian Conservatives senator Cory Bernardi voting against the Bill.
Regrettably, not one amendment to preserve freedom of belief, freedom of speech or parental rights was supported and the bill passed unamended with the support of the Labor, Greens and Nick Xenophon Team parties. A majority of Liberal senators voted for the Bill, while Senator Pauline Hanson said she supported same sex marriage but would abstain due to the lack of adequate protections.
Soon after the Senate vote, Senator Bernardi tweeted:
Earlier today, Senator Bernardi spoke with the gathered media at the Senate doors about the imminent marriage vote and the similar positions of the Labor and Liberal parties on the marriage issue.