Aussies in United Kingdom fear they'll miss gay vote

Belinda Merhab                                                       Monday

Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose tenure was riddled by his refusal to allow lawmakers to vote on same-sex marriage, this week told his fellow Australians they should vote against marriage equality.

The government was forced to adopt the postal vote on same-sex marriage after the Senate rejected a second bid for a compulsory plebiscite.

"Obviously I will be voting no".

"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", Turnbull said.

Mr Abbott: "If you are anxious about freedom of speech and freedom of religion, vote no".

The High Court will hear a challenge to the same-sex marriage poll just a week before survey forms are due to be mailed.

The government had hoped that the threat of the inferior alternative of the postal plebiscite would make the Senate reconsider its decision last November to block the plebiscite.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the government had legal advice that the postal ballot would withstand a court challenge. But on the upside, this plebiscite might enlighten us, at least we'll know how many Aussies are bigoted c-ts.

Australian media reports indicate Turnbull's government will launch a non-binding, voluntary postal vote on the issue as early as next week. He's pushing attempts to get a public vote on the matter instead of a parliamentary one.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday night, Mr Howard rejected his 2004 decision was the cause of the Coalition's present day day pain, saying his government had "good reason" to act because ministers feared "unelected judges" would allow gay couples to Wednesday.

The Australian Electoral Commission is understood to hold the information under its relevant laws, but it is unclear how the ABS can legally access this information from the AEC.

"What we didn't want to happen in 2004 was for the courts to start adjudicating on the definition of marriage".

Mr Shorten told Parliament that while Labor, along with the majority of those who support change, deemed the $122 million postal ballot wasteful, non-authoritive, unnecessary and hurtful to gay and lesbian people and their families, it was important the No vote did not prevail.

"I am disappointed for hundreds of thousands of Australians that their Prime Minister has once again let them down".

"You talk about unifying moments?"

In case of a victory of the "yes", a free vote will be held in Parliament.

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