Australian PM to persist with popular vote for gay marriage

Same-sex Bay couple in favour of new push for free vote

Piss Off, Tony Abbott

Morning television has been equally scathing.

"A non-binding, non-compulsory postal vote is complete BS" Stefanovic explains, "Let's do this simply, confidently and compassionately...why are we stopping people from loving each other?"

"How can we have confidence in this process when the prime minister himself has said he's too busy to participate actively in a campaign?"

Ryan Goss, a senior lecturer in law at Australian National University, pointed to the internal politics of the conservative coalition led by the Liberal Party as a complication.

Mr McLennan warned the process could further damage the ABS, which came under fire past year for its handling of the national census and said he had heard "alarm bells" upon learning of the government's plans.

"Turnbull told voters he believed it was critical for everyone to have their say on any proposed change to the Marriage Act - and I agree", Senator Lambie wrote in a statement.

The Australian government will try once again to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage.

The bill is nearly certain to fail for a second time in the upper house after which the government will move to a $122 million postal vote, which does not require legislation. He supports same-sex marriage but has backed a plebiscite - a position widely seen as an attempt to placate the conservatives.

Spitting hot fire from the first paragraph, Tony claims that - actually - it's Bill Shorten who has caused all this drama.

A group of moderates is expected to push for the party to give its MPs a conscience vote on the issue.

"As the debate over same-sex marriage continues in Australia, same-sex couples who have married overseas are left in legal limbo by their inability to divorce", Ms Hannon said.

Co-chair Alex Greenwich attended Senator Cormann's press conference, telling reporters afterwards the government's approach to marriage equality had gone "well beyond a joke".

Federal Attorney General George Brandis, who is a supporter of same-sex marriage, said he hopes the country's Senate will support the bill.

Terri Butler, one of the opposition Labor Party's key advocates on same-sex marriage, said it was clear that a majority of the members of Parliament supported legalization and would vote yes if given the chance. In the event of a yes vote, there would be two parliamentary weeks left to get a bill through before Christmas.

If the postal ballot comes back with a majority "yes", a private member's bill would go to parliament with Liberal members exercising a free vote on it.

"I don't think the ABS has the authority to run the plebiscite to be truthful", he said.

But he said that, even if the planned September mailout for the postal plebiscite - just five weeks away - actually ended up happening, people still had plenty of time to update their details.

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