Australians to vote on same-sex marriage

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One Liberal who supports same-sex marriage said if the No vote wins, it would be five years before the Coalition could revisit its policy.

The minister responsible for overseeing Australia's same-sex marriage postal vote once penned a piece warning that gay people could "wipe out humanity".

Since the postal plebiscite has firmed as a political reality, with the only avenue to block the plan resting on the success of several legal challenges launched by LGBTQ advocates, there has been talk of an organised boycott of the postal vote. If they get away with it now, we will indeed be on a slippery slope leading to dictatorship.

The Human Rights Law Centre followed with its own application in Melbourne made on behalf of Australian Marriage Equality and Greens Senator Janet Rice.

Morrison responded by saying that the government took the idea of a plebiscite to the previous federal election, and the Australian people voted for it.

"I have grown and learnt not only to tolerate, but to accept all people regardless of their sexual orientation or any other trait or feature which makes each of us different and unique".

Shorten described the survey as a "legal artifice" and "dodge" created to sidestep the parliament, which blocked a compulsory plebiscite, by using the ABS to run the vote.

"Obviously I will be voting no", he said on Wednesday.

The comedian encouraged Australians to vote "Yes" in the poll. Instead, the upper house twice blocked a bill for a compulsory plebiscite. The Australian Bureau of Statistics would oversee the process, which would cost taxpayers about $96 million.

"We shouldn't be having this postal survey - $122 million to ask everyone what they think about some people's relationships".

Several Liberal Party lawmakers have expressed exasperation with the handful of colleagues, including former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who have resisted a simple vote in Parliament. "If you're anxious about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no, and if you don't like political correctness, vote no because voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks".

"Let's all join the movement for marriage equality".

Keep in mind: even if the vote results are a majority "Yes, ' it won't automatically legalise same-sex marriage. If you're anxious about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote no, and if you don't like political correctness, vote no because voting no will help to stop political correctness in its tracks".

Same-sex couples can have civil unions or register their relationships in most states across Australia, but the government does not consider them married under national law.

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