Australia kicks off weeks-long same-sex marriage ballot

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia on Tuesday launched a postal vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage as a widely watched poll indicated the country would be overwhelmingly in support.

The non-compulsory ballot, which runs until the end of October, will determine whether Australia becomes the 25th country to legalize same-sex marriage, while also healing a rift in the government.

Despite securing 70 percent public support in an Ipsos/Fairfax poll on Tuesday, the issue of same-sex marriage had faced a political deadlock, only broken last week when the High Court gave the all-clear for the vote.

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  • The Butterfly

    How many roads must a transbutterfly walk down before we get our rights too?

    • andycanuck

      The answer my friend is flapping in the wind. The answer is flapping in the wind.

      [N.B. flapping not… .]

  • Exile1981

    It’s been per-decided. That’s why it’s non-biding. If the majority of people send in yes votes the government will go ahead and claim the people have spoken. If it’s a majority of no for some reason they will ignore it and legalize it anyways.

    Also a mail in ballot is rife for abuse and easily adjusted.

  • Clink9

    Call it whatever you want, it’s never going to be a marriage.

    • Clausewitz

      The continued cultural appropriation of the “Sacrament” of marriage. I have no problem with giving gays the same civil rights as straights, but stop trying to equivocate your lifestyle with mine. I don’t care who you’re porking. Didn’t someone once say “The government has no right for inclusion in the bedrooms of the nation”?

  • Watchman

    In at least one state in Australia, it would seem that there is already the equivalent of marriage, in the form of a Registered Relationship which seems to give most if not all of the benefits of marriage (http://www.bdm.nsw.gov.au/Pages/marriages/relationship-register.aspx and https://www.bdm.vic.gov.au/marriages-and-relationships/register-a-domestic-relationship ). If this is so, then what is this all about apart from an attack against churches for refusing to allow marriage ceremonies in their churches or against the churches for their traditional disapproval of homosexuality? Is it also the middle finger to society for traditional disapproval?

    If the law is changed to make homosexual marriage exactly the same as heterosexual marriage, then I fear that churches will be sued to force them to hold homosexual marriage ceremonies in their churches.

  • Bataviawillem

    It’s the thin end of the wedge.

  • ontario john

    Wow! feminist Trudeau would have a whole new country to attend homosexual parades.

    • Clausewitz

      Winters can be cold in Canada. On a positive note he’ll be away for six months of the year and will do less damage.

      • barryjr

        Stupid discus, it only let’s me give one like.

  • What? A government is trusting people with referenda?

    This can’t be in Canada, though.

  • Tanya

    The Gaysarpo who seem to be jackbooting it around intimidating and verbalising anybody who doesn’t agree with them are right up there with those equally pathetic dunderheads Antif

  • DMB

    The government should not be in the marriage business only civil unions were by the government would oversee the contractual agreements, living arrangements, etc. between the couple (only two considering it is against the state’s interest of allowing polygamy due to the mass welfare fraud that is incorporated into the lifestyle. Marriage is largely a ceremonial practice primarily religious that should be conducted by churches, synagogues, etc. Also prenuptial agreements should be mandated by law to minimize the amount of costly divorce fees do to the high rates of divorce in society.