Interesting, I didn't think the Australian people were that homophobic and or deeply religious?. Given what happened in the US, which we know there are many, which include the right wing religious nut jobs, maybe the Aussie government is taking its cue from the US and our judicial system.
Yes, marriage is a (secular) civil right, of course deeply religious, christian people would disagree, since Australia is the gay marriage hold out among the other industrialized nations, hopefully then their government will pass legislation or legalize through their own court system.
This was the mistake the US made, letting (homophobic) people vote on the civil rights of minorities....
ones civil rights should never be voted upon