Published: Wed, August 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Attorney-General predicts marriage equality by Christmas

Attorney-General predicts marriage equality by Christmas

"The legal advice we have is that such a step, conducting a plebiscite, would be invalid", Human Rights Law Centre director of legal advocacy Anna Brown told reporters in Canberra.

The Federal Government said an alternative option would be to hold a voluntary postal plebiscite by the end of the year.

Co-chair Alex Greenwich says the government's approach to marriage equality has gone "well beyond a joke". Forster on Monday noted to the Blade that marriage rights for same-sex couples have "broad community support and would do nothing more than bring us into line with the USA, U.K., New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and other countries" in which "same-sex marriage is legal and has had absolutely no detrimental impact".

"There's a constitutional question over whether or not this postal opinion poll is even legitimate", Mr Shorten said.

Turnbull also fended off criticism regarding the plebiscite method which is expected to cost more than 120 million Australian dollars (95 million USA dollars) to run.

Yesterday, a key Turnbull supporter, finance minister Mathias Cormann, said the party's overwhelming support for a plebiscite was proof the government was "committed to keep faith with the promise we made at the last election".

Australia's ruling party on Monday rejected a push to allow lawmakers to decide whether the country should recognize gay marriage, continuing a bitter political stalemate over the divisive reform.

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The postal vote plebiscite supported by the Liberals won't really result in anything, and a pro-equality verdict won't necessary bind politicians to change the Marriage Act.

"As I've said before in, I will be voting yes and I'd encourage others to do so".

Photo Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in Canberra on Tuesday, said that holding a postal vote if the Senate rejected an in-person one would give people the opportunity to "have their say".

Fairfax's Peter Martin writes: "At a cost of $122 million, the postal plebiscite would become the second-biggest project [the ABS has] ever undertaken, after the $350 million census". He added, "I'm a strong leader. Every Australian on the electoral roll will get a ballot paper as long as they are on the electoral roll and they will fill that in and have their say and their vote will be counted", Turnbull told the press.

The Senate in November 2016 voted down the plebiscite proposal and the new attempt is expected to face the same fate. But most of that support is soft, and gay-rights advocates are concerned that referendums rarely change the status quo in Australia.

'A postal vote will be an expensive, non-binding, illegitimate process that will provide a platform for hate and go nowhere, ' said national spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent.

Labor has a conscience vote until the next election and, after that, members of the ALP would be bound to vote to allow same-sex couples to marry.

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