Gay marriage legalized in Australia

Gay marriage legalized in Australia

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The Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull and
other top politicians in the country have given
their approval for same s*x marriage.

In spite “fight” against same-s*x marriage in
some countries of the world, Australian political
leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm
Turnbull, have come out in support of a
campaign.

More than 20,000 people reportedly gathered in Sydney to
campaign ahead of a non-binding postal vote on
changing Australia’s marriage act. Mr Turnbull
made a surprise appearance and speech at the
launch of the New South Wales Yes campaign.

The Opposition leader Bill then addressed the
crowd at the main rally. The non-binding vote to
gauge support for changing Australia’s Marriage
Act will be sent out from 12 September, with a
result expected in November. The survey will not
have the power to legalise same-sex marriage
but it might lead to a vote in parliament if the
majority of Australians support the change.

The postal plebiscite has been criticised by
opponents as an unnecessary delay in resolving
the debate, which they say could be settled
immediately in parliament.
The Prime Minister previously said he would
personally be voting in favour of same-sex
marriage, but has not publicly campaigned prior
to the surprise speech on Sunday.

“Throughout my public life I’ve sought to ensure
same-sex couples are not discriminated against
and their entitlements, be it in respect of medical
benefits, taxation, superannuation or
employment, are no different to those afforded
to heterosexual couples. Why then shouldn’t
those same rights now be extended to marriage?”
Mr Turnbull argued that 23 other countries
had already legalised same-s*x marriage.

“In any one of those nations, has the sky fallen
in? Has life as we know it come to a halt? Has
traditional marriage as we know it been
undermined? The answer is no,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Shorten, who is the leader of the
Australian Labor Party, told campaigners he
anticipated the yes vote to win in the postal
survey.

“We’ve got one last mountain to climb before we
make marriage equality a reality. Let’s climb it
together, today,” he said.

His party have been opposed to the plebiscite
vote launched by Mr Turnbull’s government,
criticising its A$122m (£75m; $97m) cost, its
non-binding nature, and arguing it could prompt
hate-filled campaigns.

The High Court of Australia last week dismissed
two separate objections to the poll by same-sex
marriage advocates.

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