What next for same-sex marriage

WHAT NEXT FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGE

* Liberal Dean Smith, on behalf of a group of cross-party senators, introduces a private bill to change the Marriage Act on Wednesday.

* Debate on the bill begins in the Senate on Thursday, taking precedence over all general business.

* Debate continues when the Senate resumes sitting on November 27, taking precedence over government business as well.

* Senators will be able to propose amendments to the bill.

* The Senate wants a final bill to pass by Thursday November 30, sending it to the House of Representatives for approval.

* The lower house could begin debating the bill by Monday December 4.

* MPs will be able to propose amendments to the bill.

* Any changes the lower house makes to the bill would need the approval of the Senate.

* Once the bill clears parliament, it requires the governor-general to give it royal assent.

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