Australia Votes on Same-Sex Marriage

Aug 09, 2017, 00:09
Australia Votes on Same-Sex Marriage

"The problem is there is a minority of members of Parliament who nonetheless hold a majority of the influence in the executive government who are preventing the executive government from agreeing to allowing the Parliament to vote".

No outcome, however, would require the government to legalize gay marriage, giving its supporters cause to worry since many Australian lawmakers have said they won't support the vote.

The government has assured Australians living overseas they will be allowed to have their say.

An ABC survey shows that most Australians would support gay marriage in a vote.

Marriage equality would also cast doubt on whether religious schools could teach children that marriage was exclusively between a man and a woman, Mr Shelton said.

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It would cost $122 million and instead of being run by the Electoral Commission, it would be conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann stated that the government is trying to introduce the legislation again but this time with a contingency plan that will match any rejection from the upper house where the government does not have a majority.

Earlier this week, the Human Rights Law Centre announced that a postal plebiscite would immediately be subject to a High Court challenge, on the grounds that it is unconstitutional for the government to spend taxpayer money on a national vote without passing legislation. He said, "Our preference is to have a compulsory attendance plebiscite".

Only one of the group of Liberal campaigners for marriage equality who have reopened the internally incendiary issue over the winter recess - Warren Entsch - publicly reserved his position during Monday night's meeting on bringing on a bill to legalise same sex marriage after the Senate had reconsidered the plebiscite.

But if the legislation is voted down again (as it was in November a year ago, and as is likely again in any new vote), the government will push for a postal plebiscite, with mail forms to arrive in letterboxes from mid-September.

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BALLOT PAPERS to be sent out from September 12 and the result finalised by November 15.

The leader of the Labor opposition party, Mr Bill Shorten, who supports same-sex marriage, said that holding a plebiscite was "ridiculous".

"Every Australian will get to have a say", Turnbull told reporters in Canberra.

The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition was narrowly re-elected in July 2016 with a promise to let voters decide whether Australia should recognize same-sex marriage through a popular vote.

He defended the decision to hold a postal plebiscite even though that was not the form of vote he promised at the last election. Senate lawmakers rejected a bill to hold a plebiscite last November, with opposition lawmakers citing concerns about cost and a run-up campaign filled with bigoted and homophobic rhetoric.

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When asked which he would vote in a public vote, the prime minister said he believes that anyone has the right to marry, and that he would encourage others to vote that way at the polls.

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