Marriage Equality for Australia?

Marriage Equality for Australia?

By Loren Howarth

 

Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull has called for a special meeting on Monday, in a bid to settle the marriage equality debate.

Despite Mr Turnbull supporting the legalisation of the marriage of same sex couples, he argued that the party needs to keep their promise to the public to hold either a plebiscite or national vote.

The option of a postal plebiscite has also been discussed, as it would not require legal action to enact and would also maintain the party’s commitment to public opinion.

However, this has drawn concerns from Liberal Party moderates and marriage equality advocates, who believe that a voluntary postal plebiscite could work to the advantage of those in opposition.

They are worried that citizens who are in favour of the proposal but not passionate about the issue, would not be inclined to vote, contrasting to people who are strongly opposed.

Queensland MP Warren Entsch who strongly supports same-sex marriage, has raised his concerns associated with a postal plebiscite and said to the ABC, he just wants the matter to be resolved as soon as possible.

The chair of Australian Marriage Equality, Alex Greenwich has agreed that a postal plebiscite would not be effective, and would not be a fair way to handle the issue.

“desperate ploy…pretty sneaky and underhanded way,” he said.

While discussions on Monday will aim to meet some form of agreement in the Liberal Party, the next day the Coalition will come together to deliberate on the matter in parliament.

Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly, who opposes same-sex marriage, said there is nothing wrong with having two separate discussions, as every member of the coalition is entitled to equal say.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten voiced his opinion on the matter and said marriage equality should be decided by a free vote in parliament.

“A postal vote, which is non-binding – it is an opinion poll. They should just have an opinion poll, which we have already had, and just let Parliament vote on it.” He said.

With parliament to resume on Tuesday, the long awaited decision on marriage equality will hopefully be decided in the coming weeks, finally putting an end to the matter.

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