Hostile same-sex marriage vote spurs Australia to amend anti-hate law

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Australian rugby union star Israel Folau has come out in opposition against the legalisation of same-sex marriage on the day postal ballots were sent to voters, causing other high-profile sports stars to publicly question his views.

In a major win for the government, the full bench of the court found the $122 million voluntary mail-in ballot - approved not by Parliament but by executive power - was legal.

The ABS will not count any votes received after 6pm on November 7, and will announce the survey result on November 15.

"If a Yes vote is recorded there will be overwhelming pressure to "move on", legislate as quickly as possible, and then put the issue behind parliament", Mr Howard said.

But all were held under the Electoral Act, unlike the postal survey which is being carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia has introduced laws aimed at preventing hate speech during a national debate on legalising same-sex marriage.

"This bill can not stop all of the hurt, all of the prejudice that is being expressed, all of the lack of acceptance that is being communicated to LGBTI Australians, to same-sex couple families".

The tennis champion-turned Christian pastor said it is "disappointing" Australia has to have any poll on same-sex marriage and has urged people to vote against it.

Despite earlier reports, Senator Cormann said he was not aware of any gag order on Cabinet ministers, indicating they would be free to campaign as forcefully as they wished for either side.

Last year, the ABC's Vote Compass asked Australians if they agreed or disagreed with the statement: Marriage should only be between man and a woman.

Dr Lai denies promoting such therapies but admits she doesn't see any harm in people undergoing them.

"We call on all leaders of the Church who are encouraging a "no" vote to publicly reject Mr Shelton's unsafe and damaging words".

"Change in this country only ever happens when people participate in the change", Mr Shorten told reporters in Canberra.

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