“Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
What’s same-sex marriage?
Australia’s government has become so caught up in petty arguments and bickering and it’s only going to come back and bite.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had planned to hold a $160 million non-binding vote on February 11 next year that would give ALL of Australia the chance to have a say on whether marriage equality should be a thing in Australia.
But opposition leader Bill Shorten and his Labor Party rejected the controversial national vote.
Here, Bill Shorten announces the rejection of the plebiscite.
AU Marriage Equality, Twitter.
He suggested it’d be better to vote within Parliament.
A screenshot of a tweet from Bill Shorten, showing his perspective on the issue.
Bill Shorten, Twitter.
But why need either of those?
Correct me if I’m wrong, isn’t marriage equality a thing in, like, a lot of countries around the world already?
And, isn’t the law supposed to be a reflection of society’s current values?
So, why does our government want to waste taxpayers’ money for a plebiscite, or even need a vote, on an issue that we already know what the majority would say?
There’s thousands of polls out there that show at least half of the Australian public have supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage for several years.
According to nine.com.au, a poll published across Fairfax newspapers on October 10, 2016, shows nearly 60 per cent of Australians support same-sex marriage.
I think that’s more than enough to foreshadow exactly what the public want and what should happen.
Marriage equality isn’t doomed, the divisive plebiscite is. The 3 leaders of our main political parties support equality: let’s get it done.
— Richard Di Natale (@RichardDiNatale) October 11, 2016
But the controversy surrounding the rejection of the plebiscite has potential to herald subsequent problems for future votes.
The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) brings to light the Indigenous referendum the government has planned for 2017 that will allow Indigenous Australians to be recognised in the constitution.
University of New South Wales Dean of Law George Williams said it can raise doubts as to whether the government has the will to continue with its promises.
According to SMH and George Williams, there have been only eight referendums that have passed, out of the 44 held in the last 115 years.
And with this recent rejection, can we trust it won’t happen again?
Will Australia get its long awaited legalisation of same-sex marriage?
Will Australia’s “first peoples” get their long awaited recognition in the constitution?
Does anybody know what’s happening?
The government surely doesn’t.
Or, do they?