Australia kicks off postal vote to decide on legalising same-sex marriage

Frederick Owens
September 16, 2017

The High Court challenge was brought by two separate marriage equality groups and argued the government had acted unlawfully to fund the survey using a special reserve of the budget, which sets aside money for matters that are "urgent" and "unforseen".

Most same-sex marriage advocates have condemned the 122 million Australian dollar ($98 million) postal survey as a waste of money and want the Parliament to reform the law without delay.

Australians have until the November 7 to submit a postal vote on same-sex marriage, the results of which may be used by the government to determine whether it will vote to legalise gay marriage.

Since then Turnbull has explained his support for marriage equality in multiple forums, including in several FM radio appearances.

Mayman called on church leaders who are part of the "no" campaign to distance themselves from Shelton's claims.

There will remain many exemptions to people getting married to each other.

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"I wish to state quite clearly that the Catholic Church, through its official teaching, can not support proposals for the changing of the legal definition of marriage to include same-sex couples", he wrote.

And Mr Shorten reiterated his promise that Labor would ignore a "no" vote under any circumstances, and make same-sex marriage legal if it won government.

"I'll be voting "yes" as will (my wife) Lucy", Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told commercial radio this week. Joyce, who has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality, has urged Corporate Australia to follow his lead with public support.

Christians who support same-sex marriage have hit back at prominent "no" campaigner, Australian Christian Lobby managing director Lyle Shelton, over his comments that parents should have the right to send their kids to gay conversion therapy.

He tweeted his comments as Aussies begin receiving their postal ballots on legalising gay marriage.

During a gathering for the launching of Australian Christians for Marriage Equality's Adelaide chapter, AnglicareSA chief executive Rev. Peter Sandeman said students and their parents have to be able to freely decide on which side to vote. "And I think parental rights should be respected".

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