Following Ireland’s lead, Australia will hold a national referendum on gay and lesbian marriage some time next year after the federal election. A majority of people in Australia is in favor of changing the Marriage Act, but the government has been slow to act. The announcement of the potential vote was leaked by Minister for Small Business and Assistant Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer to The Age. Many Australians, particularly in the LGBT community, are concerned that a public referendum would be a long drawn-out process, which would give anti-LGBT groups a very public platform to openly discriminate.
Australia is currently the only major English-speaking country that does not have gay marriage. [GSN]