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Australia gay marriage bill delayed

Australia gay marriage bill delayed

Australian Senator David Leyonhjelm has said he will postpone his gay marriage bill but he is still committed to introducing the legislation ‘in a matter of weeks or months.’

The Liberal Democrat told the Australian newspaper that he will temporarily delay his Freedom to Marry bill, which was due this week, because of advice from the major parties.

He said, ‘Both sides of politics have suggested to me that timing this week is not optimum at the ­moment and if I want to win, rather than just do something symbolic, I need to wait.

‘I’m not interested in symbolism — I want to win.

‘Because I’m new, I need to ­accept that advice and I will delay it until the timing is better.’

Leyonhjelm he took office as Senator for New South Wales on 1 July 2014.

Rodney Croome, director of Australian Marriage Equality, called on supporters of the reform to make the most of the delay to lobby their local MPs.

He said, ‘I urge all supporters to make the most of the delay by​ phon​ing​ the offices of their local MPs and Senators urging them to support marriage equality.

‘In particular, we must urge Coalition members to support a conscience vote on the issue once Senator Leyonhjelm’s bill is introduced.’