New South Wales Senator David Leyonhjelm, who represents the Liberal Democratic Party, on Wednesday introduced a bill which seeks to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry in Australia.

Leyonhjelm said in July that he would introduced such a bill when Prime Minister Tony Abbott allows members of Australia's ruling Coalition to vote as they choose on the issue.

On Wednesday, Leyonhjelm called on Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue.

“He would prefer I didn't [introduce the bill],” Leyonhjelm said Wednesday. “His argument was the government's got plenty of troubles without this one coming along.”

“The time is right for this bill,” he added. “I support marriage equality because I believe people should have the freedom to chose their own life path.”

Australia's Marriage Act defines marriage as the union of “a man and a woman.” Leyonhjelm's bill proposes changing that language to “the union of two people.” Only government employed celebrants would be required to marry gay and lesbian couples.

Leyonhjelm said that he would call for a vote on his marriage bill once he was confident of success.

A similar bill in 2012 was rejected by lawmakers.

According to a Crosby Textor poll released in July and commissioned by Australian Marriage Equality, 72 percent of Australians support allowing gay couples to marry and 77 percent believe Coalition MPs should be allowed to vote as they choose on the issue. Only 1 in 5 Australians (21%) oppose marriage equality.