Australia Will Put Marriage Equality to a Public Vote

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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed on Monday that a plebiscite (or, public vote) on marriage equality in Australia will be put to the people before the year’s end. “We will hold it as soon as possible after the election,” he said, in reference to Australia’s upcoming federal elections on July 2. Labor Party opposition leader Bill Shorten, however, doesn’t want to wait for the public to vote. He is in favor of making marriage equality an issue of parliament rather than the people. Shorten stated: “LGBTI Australians and their families should not have to wait any longer to have the same rights as every other person in this country.” He went on to say, “We can, and should, make marriage equality a reality now.”

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