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In Australia, House to debate marriage equality

CANBERRA, Australia -- Parliament will once again be embroiled in the controversial issue of gay marriage from today, as two separate private members' bills to legalize same-sex marriage are debated in the House of Representatives, with a vote on the bills likely to come following the winter session of Parliament.

A report on the two bills, one from Labor's Stephen Jones and one from Greens MP Adam Bandt and independent Andrew Wilkie, by the House of Representatives social policy and legal affairs committee will also be tabled this morning.

Committee chair and Labor MP Graham Perrett said it was the largest committee inquiry ever held, with responses ''pretty strongly in support'' of change.

The committee used an online poll to gauge community sentiment, with 276,437 people responding - 64% backed legalizing same-sex marriage.

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