Marriage Law survey results out tomorrow

"That is what senator Paterson's bill seeks to do", he said.

Nevertheless, discussions are well under underway as to how same-sex marriage might be legislated.

Writing in The Australian, Senator Paterson said he'd developed his marriage bill to ensure there were sufficiently robust protects for freedom of religion, freedom of speech and freedom of conscience.

The Equality Campaign has rejected the marriage equality bill put forward by Senator James Paterson as nothing more than a license to discriminate.

Government ministers instead backed the Smith bill, which legalises same-sex marriage while providing a moderate level of exemptions for religious organisations, and is backed by Labor, the Greens and others.

The Paterson bill, would also include a clause which would allow government employees the right to refuse to register a same-sex marriage, while parents will be able to remove their child from a class if the content taught contradicts their beliefs.

On Tuesday, Mr Turnbull slapped down his conservative colleagues by declaring Australians would not accept any watering down of existing anti-discrimination laws.

Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann said his personal instinct was the Smith bill was "probably a good starting position" because it had been subject to a cross-party Senate committee process.

Ultimately it was up to parliament to decide which bill was the "vehicle to facilitate" the parliamentary debate.

WA Liberal Senator Dean Smith will make history this week, confirming he will introduce his same-sex marriage Bill on Thursday - a day after the result of the postal survey is announced. "Honestly, that is a bridge too far", said Tanya Plibersek, the party's deputy leader.

It's been two months since the first same-sex marriage ballot papers were sent out, and at 10 a.m. Wednesday November 15, the long-waited plebiscite result will be announced.

"What you have is a young fogie being led astray by some old fogies".

"People will be free to move whatever amendments they want and they will be debated and voted on", Mr Turnbull said.

"The objective of the Bill is clear: it creates equal access to marriage while protecting religious freedom in relation to marriage", he said.

  • Rogelio Becker