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12 Agosto 2017, 06:34 | Bibiana Flor
Australian leaders plan vote on same-sex marriage
If that vote does proceed, and Australians decide yes by mail, a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage could happen before the end of the year - but only if the party in power agrees to it.
The most prominent of these is former High Court judge Michael Kirby, who has been in a same-sex relationship with his partner, Johan van Vloten, for 50 years. He told the ABC: "I am not going to take any part in it whatsoever".
Earlier in the day, Senator Penny Wong condemned the decision to hold a public vote on same-sex marriage, claiming it would expose children to more hatred and harm.
The result would not be legally binding and some lawmakers have already declared it would not sway their vote on gay marriage legislation.
The ABC issued a directive to staff hours later requesting that do not declare a public position on the issue or use the phrase "marriage equality" in their reporting.
The voluntary plebiscite, in which voters would mail their ballots from September 12 until November 7, would cost AU$122 million.
"I expect that we will see the "yes" case outspend the "no" case, probably by 10 to one", Senator Seselja said.
"By all means express your point of view, but don't boycott it", he told the BBC. If they get away with it now, we will indeed be on a slippery slope leading to dictatorship.
Nationals MP Andrew Broad, who has threatened to quit the government if the coalition changes its plebiscite policy, is pleased Australians can have their say.
THE debate around same-sex marriage is raging again and it seems everyone has an opinion.
"The haters will be the ones who vote and the others won't because they're too blaze", she said.
'We have, ever since foundation, been a proud nation, a nation which people migrated to - to the extent that it eventually had to be restricted, ' she wrote in a letter to The West Australian newspaper on Friday.
Activists and the LGBT community worry the campaign will now unleash a flood of hate speech and vitriol towards gay people due to the fact a postal vote is not bound by laws preventing the distribution of false or misleading materials during an election, according to Pink News.
"But, if the horrid thing goes ahead, let's drown the mofos in "yes" votes!"
Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) data released to Junkee shows there has been a huge spike in people updating their enrolment information since the plebiscite was announced.
"Voting Yes is not about endorsing this illegitimate process, it's about refusing to walk past our fellow Australians when they need us".
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