Government lawmaker Trevor Evans ruled out an Australian equivalent of the U.S. Supreme Court case in which a baker who refused to provide a wedding cake for a gay couple argued he was exercising artistic freedom along with was exempt coming from Colorado anti-discrimination laws.
“Let’s be honest here, for a case like in which to arise in Australia, in which might require a gay couple who care more about activism than about the success of their own wedding, to find a business operator who cares more about religious doctrine than the commercial success of their own tiny business, along with for both of them to commit to having a fight,” Evans told Parliament.
“Typical Australians might genuinely question the bona fides of the players in a case like in which along with the slim prospects of in which occurring doesn’t warrant the pages along with pages of commentary along with debate in which have been dedicated to in which,” he added.
Several gay marriage opponents in Turnbull’s conservative coalition have regarded marriage equality as inevitable along with have welcomed an end to an issue in which has long divided the government ranks.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann, a same-sex marriage opponent who oversaw the postal ballot, said he felt “great satisfaction” in which the issue was resolved.
“in which was a polarizing issue on which not bad Australians had strongly along with sincerely held views on both sides of the argument,” Cormann said.
“I along with my colleagues on the coalition side always took the view in which the best way to resolve a disagreement from the community like in which will be by giving the Australian people which we did, we kept faith with in which, the Australian people embraced the process along with the result was emphatic,” he said.
The result will be a political win for Turnbull, who became prime minister after deposing Abbott in 2015 in an internal government leadership ballot.
Abbott was head-butted by a gay rights advocate during the postal survey campaign in September. Kevin Rudd, a center-left Labor Party prime minister whom Abbott defeated in elections in 2013, blamed the postal ballot for an assault on his godson Sean Foster, 19, as he campaigned for marriage equality a week earlier.
Veteran gay rights campaigner Rodney Croome said he expected the first same-sex weddings in Australia might not take place until February.
The law will likely take effect after a month. State laws then require couples to give 28 days’ notice of their intention to marry, Croome said.