Senate rejects gay marriage plebiscite

Senate rejects gay marriage plebiscite”

Wong, who has two children with her partner Sophie and is recognised as the first openly gay politician in federal parliament, has been one of the leading voices against the plebiscite. "Whatever the cost of mounting a High Court challenge, it doesn't compare to the human cost of conducting this postal vote". "It's exposing our children to that kind of hatred", Wong said in response to Acting Special Minister of State Mathias Cormann who called a public vote on same-sex marriage a 'unifying moment for the country'.

"Well maybe he should stand up for people who don't have a voice".

I'm not convinced Turnbull's in much of a position to determine just how hurtful that debate might be.

Her speech comes in the wake of former prime minister Tony Abbott's heartless attempt to encourage Australians to vote "no" against the 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". If you believe in free speech: "vote yes".

"This view overseas, this degeneration we've seen, where people are suing people for their lifelong religious beliefs is part of political correctness gone insane - we don't want to see that here", Mr Hawke told Sky News.

There would be no publicly funded "yes" and "no" campaigns.

Marriage equality lobbyist Tiernan Brady, executive director of The Equality Campaign, said Mr Abbott's comments were created to deliberately deceive the public. "They're not going to change their minds on this issue".

Now that the Senate has refused the plebiscite again, the postal survey will be the next option.

Turnbull says that he will support the yes vote, but he'll also be busy...

She slammed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for not intervening when those comments were made.

The government will now proceed with a $122 million postal plebiscite which does not require legislation.

Cabinet minister Mathias Cormann on Wednesday is moving to restore the government's same-sex marriage plebiscite bill to the Senate's agenda after it was defeated by the upper house previous year.

Labor, the Greens and most crossbench senators have signalled they will block the bill for a second time after quashing the plebiscite initially in November.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics will run the process with ballot papers going to every enrolled Australian from next month, to be returned by November 7 and a result on November 25.

Attorney-General George Brandis last night said he expected gay marriage would be legal by Christmas.

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