On Monday, Federal Senators began the debate on the Marriage Amendment Bill (No.2) 2012. The bill calls for the amendment of the Marriage Act 1961 to enable same-sex marriages to be recognised.  The current definition of marriage as outlined in the Marriage Act 1961 is “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Should the Marriage Amendment Bill be passed, the words “a man and a woman” would be replaced with “two people” to remove the gender-specific reference of marriage partners.



Below is a summary of Senators for and against amending the definition of marriage.



 



Against marriage amendment:



  • Senator George Brandis


  • Senator Chris Back


  • Senator Ronald Boswell


  • Senator Eric Abetz


  • Senator Helen Polley


  • Senator Barnaby Joyce


  • Senator Cory Bernardi


  • Senator Catryna Bilyk


  • Senator Dean Smith


  • Senator Concetta Fierravanti-Wells




For marriage amendment:






  • Senator Sarah Hanson-Young


  • Senator Louise Pratt


  • Senator Christine Milne


  • Senator Mark Bishop


  • Senator Rachel Siewert


  • Senator John Faulkner


  • Senator Scott Ludlum


  • Senator Richard Di Natale


  • Senator Doug Cameron


  • Senator Penny Wright


  • Senator Larissa Waters


  • Senator Penny Wong


  • Senator Lee Rhiannon