It didn't take long. Having lost the plebiscite they demanded, opponents of marriage equality began issuing demands.

Conservative academic and Safe Schools critic Patrick Parkinson anticipated the result and on Tuesday demanded from "the leaders of the 'yes' case, a willingness to be magnanimous in victory and to reassure those who are unsettled by the pace of social change, that their fundamental rights and freedoms will be respected." Parkinson lauded the bill circulated by IPA senator James Paterson, which "has far more substantial protections for freedom of belief, speech and conscience than Dean Smith's. His proposals need to be considered alongside the Smith bill."