Published: Tue, September 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Gay Marriage Advocates Prepare for Australian Postal Vote

Gay Marriage Advocates Prepare for Australian Postal Vote

With the postal vote underway from tomorrow, corporations and individuals are throwing their support behind marriage equality.

More than 16 million registered voters will receive the voting papers in the next few days requesting their opinion on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to Wednesday.

The postal vote will close on November 7, with the result released on November 15.

The government will introduce legislation that makes it illegal to vilify, intimidate or threaten harm against people on the basis of them being LGBTI or having religious convictions, as part of its same-sex marriage postal survey.

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Back in June 2015, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared his support for the U.S. legalising gay marriage, telling Twitter followers that the day "marks a victory for equality, perseverance and love".

The form asks a simple question, "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry", followed by yes and no boxes to be marked.

Critics of the government's approach have argued the public should see how these rights would be protected in proposed legislation before they decide whether gay marriage should go ahead.

The ballot of almost 16 million people at a cost A$122 million (S$133.86 million) will help Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unite his Liberal-National coalition, which had been fractured over the issue throughout his two-year tenure.

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The opposition Labor Party has promised that if it wins the general election in 2019, it would organise a debate on the matter in parliament within the first 100 days of its term.

It comes as a new opinion poll showed that most of those who intend to vote are in favour of marriage equality - including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who is campaigning for a change to the law.

The majority of politicians support marriage equality. Including former PM, vocal same-sex marriage opponent and brother to a lesbian, Tony Abbott.

"We encourage every Australian to vote in this survey, to have their say", Mr Turnbull said last week.

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