Australia's former Catholic PM may lead case against gay marriage

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Yesterday the Senate rejected the federal government's second bid for a compulsory postal plebiscite, forcing the government to adopt its plan-B of a voluntary postal vote.

He said the vote "denigrates the parliament" and criticised prime minister Malcolm Turnbull for lacking leadership on the issue.

The Australian government said ballots could be sent out by 12 September. Other developed nations may be surprised to hear that in 2017 we are still politicking about people's human right to marry in Australia.

Australia's first plebiscite in 1916 - on military conscription - cost taxpayers £81,113, or roughly $162 million in current dollars. Opponents say the result would be less representative of the Australian population and that young adults would be particularly underrepresented because they are less familiar with traditional mail.

On Wednesday, the Senate is expected to reject one last attempt by the government to pass legislation to establish a compulsory, m national plebiscite to be held on November 25.

Labor, the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team on Wednesday had the numbers to tie a vote at 31-all, meaning the move was defeated. My brother is gay (and in a loving, same-sex relationship) and I have many family members and friends who identify as LGBTQI ― I stand with them! "This is a democracy, this is a country governed by the rule of law", he said.

Others though, including same-sex marriage supporters, have argued strongly against abstaining from the ballot. "The hurt, the hatred, the attacks on LGBTI people are going to be amplified in our community".

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The government earlier this week said if the bill was voted down in the Senate, then a voluntary non-binding postal vote would occur - also at a cost of nearly $100 million, ABC reported.

"I am. deeply anxious that a government — any government — thinks that it has the authority to bypass the Parliament, that any government thinks that it is a law unto itself, that any government would think that the constitution doesn't matter".

The councillor explained that marriage equality was an issue that should never have been politicised in Australia.

He used the same justification to refute Alberici's questions over whether a postal plebiscite "has any legitimacy at all" and is considered "a bit of a farce", and that gay people and the wider public "don't want a plebiscite". But national referendums in Australia rarely change the status quo.

Former prime minister and a rival of Mr Turnbull, Tony Abbott, said he would take a lead role in the campaign against legalising gay marriage.

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison on Thursday defended the government's decision to spend 122 million Australian dollars (96.3 million US dollars) on a postal vote to help the government decide the future of same-sex marriage.

Trevor Winton said: "Who's got a decent argument against gay marriage that's not bible related?"

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