Richard Glover: It's time Australia gave equal marriage a fair go

Labor senator Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech on same-sex marriage in the Senate

"We love our children and I object, as do every person who cares about children, and as do all those couples in this country, same-sex couples who have kids, to be told our children are a stolen generation".

A postal vote on gay marriage is all but certain to go ahead next month but the Turnbull Government will make a last-ditch effort today to hold a compulsory plebiscite. It had already attempted once in October 2016.

The voluntary association has joined the hundreds of same-sex marriage supporters aligned with advocacy group, Australian Marriage Equality.

Australia's prime minister said Tuesday that Parliament could legalize gay marriage this year if the nation's voters endorse it in a rare nonbinding poll in November.

"Our family and friends deserve better".

The former political figurehead's comments come as the country opens a new plebiscite (a public vote) on the introduction of same-sex marriage.

The Liberal Party held a crisis meeting late Monday to resolve infighting and rejected a push to allow lawmakers to decide the issue now.

The bill to fund the plebiscite was always unlikely to pass the Australian Senate on its second attempt due to continued opposition from a range of parties. "This is a vote because some in the Coalition can never countenance equality and they are never going to change their minds".

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Unfortunately, this isn't guaranteed, and as we know, the result of the postal vote is not binding.

"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".

Malcolm Turnbull has been coaxed into tricky territory on talkback radio, fumbling over a question on whether Bill Shorten is a snake.

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann told reporters the cost of a postal vote would be $122 million.

Some have filed a court challenge to the government's plan to canvass Australians' opinion on gay marriage, while a retired gay judge said he would boycott the survey as unacceptable.

Australia House, where more than 15,000 ballots were cast in the 2013 election, has had a "handful of inquiries" from Australians asking how they can cast their vote in the same-sex marriage plebiscite, says Prue Loney, communications adviser for the Australian high commission.

Dublin man Stephen Dawson, who is environment minister in Western Australia's Labor government, married Dennis Liddelow in December 2013 when same-sex marriage was very briefly legal in the Australian Capital Territory.

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