Australia’s Vote for Marriage Equality, Yay or Nay?

The ongoing fight for Marriage Equality continues, in Australia. As a plebiscite was created to be the decider on this topical change of law. It has been deemed that Australian churches’ fight against gay marriage is doomed to failure if the experience of Ireland is anything to lead by.

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Tiernan Brady, The Campaign Director of Australian Marriage Equality, has also stated a possible parliamentary stalemate on marriage equality. This means if the law is finally passed, there could be a delay; giving gay couples the green light to wed for at least three years. This would in fact be a “betrayal” of LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex) Australians.

A source has stated in this marriage battle, it is important to let all religious denominations and groups have their say. “All voices should be heard on this issue and the guiding mission of this group will be to ensure the voice of mainstream Australia is heard.”

An ABC poll, from June, showed 56 per cent of people were in face favour of gay marriage. The Prime Minister’s controversial plan to push gay marriage changes to a non-binding public vote may have a new lease on life, with a key senator declaring he may change his mind on the matter.

South Australian senator Nick Xenophon, who leads a group of three senators and one MP, has suggested he may be open to the government’s plan for a $160 million plebiscite, despite last week suggesting he would vote against the move in parliament.

While on the opposing view, Tim Wilson encapsulates the mess that is Australian political leadership. He stated on August 30th: “I cried when Abbott backed a plebiscite but now it’s a must.’’ The announcement of the plebiscite brought him to tears. Now he’s pushing for it. Additionally, a range of politicians didn’t support marriage equality, but now do.

Poll after poll strongly suggests that the Australian people are up for the change. We’re advised that there is sufficient support within the Parliament for the change to pass, if a conscience vote was to be held.

But the only options on the table is a very expensive, non-binding opinion poll on what is essentially a human rights issue; which groups can battle about on end. This may result or no action in the foreseeable future. While this topical decision will inevitably never please all population groups of  Australians. There is hope an agreeable action can surely take place to benefit Australia’s future on this debacle.


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