Australian gay senator opposes plan for marriage equality

September 13, 2016
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Despite most Australians support gay marriage, the gay senator Dean Smith will not vote for the marriage equality. According to Senator Smith, the plebiscite has no legal weight, and Parliament would ultimately decide whether the law would be changed.

The Government of Australia is discussing the issue of marriage equality. The Prime Minister plans to hold an opinion poll in February on whether gay marriage should be legalized, but Dean Smith, a gay government senator, announced he won’t vote for this plan.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fully understands that plebiscites or referendums hardly change the status quo in Australia. Thus, Parliament will have to decide the issue on legalizing the-same-sex marriage without the divisive public debate.

The political intrigue lays in that fact, that government does not have a majority in the Senate. Moreover, two minor parties that support same-sex marriage have said they won’t vote for a plebiscite. So now, the only question is to held the plebiscite or not to held in Australia?

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