High court to hear challenge to marriage equality 'postal plebiscite' in September

High court to hear challenge to marriage equality 'postal plebiscite' in September

"When you know the Australian people don't agree with you, you try to deceive them about what the issue is", Mr Brady said.

'Just lodged my application form for a postal vote and conveniently it will take up to 14 days to process, ' writes Jabin McLean, 33.

If the country voted in support of same-sex marriage, then legislators could move to actually change the law.

Q Who gets a say in the plebiscite?

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong, who yesterday made an emotion-charged plea during a speech in parliament for "no" campaigners to leave children out of the debate, is hoping "good-hearted" Australians prevail. Also, Australians would not get a chance to see the legislation they are voting on until after casting their ballots.

Campaign materials from the anti-LGBT Australian Marriage Forum already describes equal marriage as "stealing children" from straight people. "The choice is not whether we engage or not", he said.

There are almost 300,000 people aged 18-24 who aren't on the electoral roll, and marriage equality campaigners eager to sign up as many as possible because younger voters tend to be more supportive of legalising same-sex marriage.

"Are we seriously at the point where the Labor party has so little confidence in Australians that they would shut down a right to vote because people have said things they find outrageous or unacceptable, or that are regarded as unacceptable by the vast majority of Australians?"

Senator Wong is openly gay and has two children
Penny Wong: 'I don't want my children subjected to hatred over the same sex marriage debate'

In an opinion piece in The Australian, writer Caroline Overington said it was time for the issue to be resolved. Instead it stuck firm on the idea of holding a plebiscite and if that failed to pass the Senate again - it did fail, on Thursday -it would hold a postal vote.

Everyone registered on the electoral roll on that date will have ballot paper sent out to them by September 12, and will have until November 7 to send them back.

The former tennis star also said transgender children are a product of parents who "don't care".

So. why didn't he push for a conscience vote, we hear you cry?

Mr Shorten's speech followed a warning by Greg Barns, the director of the Yes campaign during the 1999 republic referendum, that a similarly disunited Yes case for same-sex marriage would ensure defeat.

Cr Battista said the postal plebiscite signified the Federal Government breaking its commitment of a compulsory vote.

The Australian leader said the postal vote would be completed before the final sitting week of Australia's Parliament in November.

"I'd call on everyone to honour the will of the Australian people as expressed through this plebiscite, so for those of us who are arguing against change, if it goes against us, we should honour it".

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