Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has declared that the national vote on same-sex marriage will be held after the July 2 elections if the Coalition retained its power.
It’s just five more weeks before the Aussie elections and Turnbull’s declaration of the LGBT national poll schedule is likely to do wonders for the Coalition. News.com.au reported that the prime minister confirmed that he would expand the marriage horizons to couples of the same-sex after elections. “We will hold it as soon as possible after the election. Given that the election is on July 2, we do have ample time between then and the end of the year,” Turnbull told reporters in Sydney on Monday.
“But it will be held as soon as practical, as obviously legislation has got to pass through the Parliament so all I can do is give you my commitment to hold a plebiscite as soon as we can and it will be a very straightforward question and we will be asking the Australian people whether they support the definition of marriage being extended to include couples of the same sex.”
Turnbull’s office guaranteed national voting on the matter “soon after the election,” but no specific timeline was given at that point of time.
The confirmation from Turnbull will possibly pull the LGBT community votes and benefit him greatly. The scheduled declaration came as a surprise as the prime minister already refused to favor Attorney General George Brandis’s prediction of same-sex marriage proposal to be legislated by the end of 2016. Meanwhile, public support for LGBT marriage laws remains strong as depicted by the Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll that reflected 68 percent for it while 25 percent are against the marriage equality issue.
Labor, on the other hand, believes that holding $160 million votes on the issue will lead to wastage of resources. Thus, if Labor gets elected in Aussie elections 2016, it will hold a vote on the law within 100 days of taking charge of the nation.