Australia to Vote on Legalizing Same Sex Marriage

Australia is taking into consideration legalizing same sex marriage by the end of this year, the government announced

The Australian government decided to take into consideration holding a national vote on the issue of legalizing same sex marriage.

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that he would “give all Australians a say” on the issue.

Moreover, he added that: “I’ll be voting yes, as will (my wife), I’m very open about that but the Australian people are never wrong when they vote, whether it’s for governments or on matters like this, their vote will be respected.”

The Liberal National coalition already attempted in October 2016 authorize funding for a compulsory national vote, but it was narrowly rejected.

However, the Prime Minister said that the legislation will be reintroduced this week; if rejected, a voluntary national postal vote would be held instead that does not need parliamentary approval.

No matter how things will go, Turnbull said that it would be completed no matter what before the final sitting week of Australia’s parliament in November.

Of course, both options have been condemned by same sex advocates, who said that a vote is unnecessary and too expensive.

The opposition Labor party has called many times for a simple vote in parliament in order to approve the same-sex marriage, which most Australians support, according to polls.

“Our family and friends deserve better. Marriage equality is about real people, our friends and family, teammates and work colleagues who just want the same dignity as everyone else,” Anna Brown, co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said