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Australia’s upper house Senate on Wednesday passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage, perhaps as soon as next week, after lawmakers dismissed a conservative push to allow religious objectors to refuse service to same-sex couples.

Australians overwhelmingly endorsed legalizing same-sex marriage in a postal survey run by the national statistics agency and the bill easily passed the Senate by 43 votes to 12.

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Commentary by The Secular Jurist:  The bill now moves to the lower house where it is expected to pass.  If it does, Australia will become the 26th nation to legalize same-sex marriage.