Australia to call for a referendum on same sex marriage in February 2017

To approve the legislation of same sex marriage the cabinet of the Australian government agreed to call for a referendum on 11 February, even without the support of the Labor party opposition.

IANS September 13, 2016 12:03:47 IST
Australia to call for a referendum on same sex marriage in February 2017

Canberra: To approve the legislation of same sex marriage, the cabinet of the Australian government agreed to call for a referendum on 11 February, even without the support of the Labor party opposition.

Australia to call for a referendum on same sex marriage in February 2017

Australia to call for a referendum on same sex marriage in February 2017. Reuters

The cabinet under Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull approved the referendum on Tuesday, EFE news reported.

The proposal for the referendum will be submitted to the ruling coalition MPs, but those who are in favour of the legislation consider that financing the campaigns with public money will be counterproductive.

The referendum also depends on the approval of the necessary legislation by the Labour opposition in Parliament.

The Labor opposition advocates that same sex marriage should be directly legalised without a plebiscite as it could encourage homophobia.

"A 'no' campaign would be an emotional torment for gay teenagers and if one child commits suicide over the plebiscite, then that one is too many," Labor party opposition leader Bill Shorten said.

Australia, where several states allow civil union, was criticised by several organisations for being slow in legalisation of marriages between same sex couples.

In December 2013, Australia's High Court annulled a law allowing same sex marriages on the grounds that it contravened the country's marriage laws.

Similar legislative proposals have also failed in the states of Tasmania and in New South Wales.

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