Sunday, 3 November 2013

Free Vote Likely On Gay Marriage ...

 COMMUNICATIONS Minister Malcolm Turnbull believes the coalition is likely to grant MPs a conscience vote if a gay marriage private member's bill comes before federal parliament. 
Mr Turnbull said on Saturday there was a mood in the coalition party room for a free vote on the issue.
"As to whether there would be a majority in favour of same-sex marriage in the House of Representatives and the Senate, I don't know," he told Network Ten.

He said he believed if the coalition had allowed a conscience vote when the issue was debated in the last parliament it would have made no difference to the outcome.
"There nonetheless would not have been the numbers to get it passed," Mr Turnbull said.
He reiterated his support for gay marriage.

Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young flagged her party would re-introduce a private members bill on gay marriage when parliament resumes in a fortnight.
"This parliament can achieve marriage equality but it will take all sides working together to make it happen," she said in a statement.
She put the call out for politicians from other parties to co-sponsor the bill.

I am dubious but will keep my fingers crossed that common sense comes to our Federal Government, even if just for a short time.

Popular opinion here in Oz is very supportive of marriage equality, but unfortunately we have a man with the nickname "The Mad Monk" as our Prime Minister.

Yup - Mad Monk.


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