Liberal MP Warren Entsch blasts James Paterson’s rival conservative bill, which lawyers say encroaches on anti-discrimination laws

Malcolm Turnbull has said the cross-party marriage equality bill produced by Dean Smith is a good starting point for parliament, as lawyers and Liberal MP Warren Entsch blasted a rival conservative bill that allows wide-ranging discrimination against same-sex weddings.

Entsch told Guardian Australia he was “surprised and disappointed” that the Liberal senator James Paterson had put his name to the bill, released on Monday, which accedes to conservative demands to allow private service providers to reject same-sex weddings.

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