The mood against a plebiscite on marriage equality in Australia is hotting up after the Senate has come out against it, calling for a conscience vote, and Western Australia’s Colin Barnett has also voiced his opposition to a plebiscite and called for a federal free vote.
The Senate had this to say:
“The committee recommends that a bill to amend the definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961 to allow for the marriage between two people regardless of their sex is introduced into the Parliament as a matter of urgency, with all parliamentarians being allowed a conscience vote”.
Marriage equality advocates have welcomed the above recommendations, and also welcome West Australian Liberal Premier Colin Barnett’s call for a federal free vote on marriage equality and his opposition to a plebiscite on the issue.
Mr Barnett made the call as the WA Lower House yesterday passed a motion in support of a free vote.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,
“We welcome the WA Parliament’s motion and Colin Barnett’s leadership. A free vote on marriage equality is the quickest, cheapest, least divisive and most appropriate way to resolve the issue.”
Western Australia is now the second Liberal state to pass a marriage equality free vote motion, after a similar motion unanimously passed the NSW Lower House last June.