Australian same-sex marriage battles go on

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 16: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during House of Representatives question time at Parliament House on September 16, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia on Tuesday, replacing Tony Abbott following a leadership ballot on Monday night. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

The offer of the Australian PM to hold a public vote (plebiscite) met a strong opposition among Greens, Labors and other parties which are smaller or have less places in the country’s parliament. They consider public vote to be expensive and uneffective.

But it is unclear whether Australia will have marriage equality at all without a plebiscite, because even one party in the Parliament (meaning the PMs party, the majority of which is actually pro-LGBT) is not ready to support it, it is hard to expect that the whole Parliament will say ‘yes’ to equality

Chair of Australian Marriage Equality Alex Greenwich said: “Today we have spoken to MPs from the Government, Labor, The Greens and the Nick Xenophon team about the importance of working together to deliver marriage equality for all LGBT people in Australia. This week, we will continue to meet with MPs across all political parties to build a cross-party consensus that achieves equality for LGBT Australians in this parliament. LGBT Australians have waited far too long to be able to marry the person they love in this country. Politicians need to remember the real people who are impacted by a lack of action on marriage equality. Poll after poll shows there is majority support across the nation for marriage equality and this is represented in the parliament with more supporters than ever before. Marriage Equality takes from no one and makes our society a better, fairer and more inclusive place.
“This is a straightforward change that allows all Australians to be treated equally and ensures our laws reflect our proud values of fairness and equality for all. Regardless of the pathway forward, AME will continue to work with its coalition of supporters to deliver this straightforward reform.”

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