Polls show most Australians have been in favour of full marriage equality for some time now. In fact, most of us just believe it’s only a matter of time.
But right now there are currently two possible pathways to achieving marriage equality sooner rather than later, which makes this an important conversation for all Australians to be having – from those of us who believe passionately in marriage equality to those who aren’t so sure yet.
The first way forward is to simply update our laws through a vote in Parliament. A free vote in Parliament is the most efficient and effective way of achieving marriage equality. Current leaders of the Coalition, Labor and Greens support marriage equality, as do the majority of MPs. All we need is for MPs to be given the opportunity to vote freely on the issue, rather than being mandated to vote along party lines. This is within the Prime Minister’s power to allow any time.
The second pathway is through a national plebiscite, where voters will be asked to decide on the question directly. While the result would not be legally binding, it would send a strong message to our MPs. The Coalition want a plebiscite, but Labor and the Greens oppose it.
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