Labor party leader Bill Shorten has proposed a bill recognizing same-sex marriages.
An Australian political party has put forward a bill that would make same-sex marriage legal down under.
Australia’s opposition party leader Bill Shorten proposed a bill on Monday recognizing same-sex marriages making his center-left Labor party the country’s first major political party to back a bill overturning the national ban.
The bill’s biggest hurdle comes from the country’s conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is Roman Catholic and like his Liberal party is opposed to marriage equality, reports the Associated Press. Rather than social reform, Abbott has said that his government was focused on economic and national security.