Marriage equality advocates say a plebiscite on the issue must by “fair and uncomplicated” and say their focus continues to be on building support in parliament.
News reports indicate the Government may be considering passing legislation in this term of parliament which ensures that a “yes” vote automatically triggers marriage equality, essentially bypassing the next parliament.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said
“The idea of this parliament binding the next parliament by handing legislative power directly to the people is a novel one that requires substantial input from legal and constitutional experts.”
“In the meantime, our focus is on building a clear majority of MPs in support of marriage equality in parliament as a guarantee that reform is passed.”
“There are different models for a plebiscite and whatever path we go down the model has to be fair and uncomplicated.”
“Marriage equality is a simple issue of love and fairness and Australians don’t want to see the debate descend into squabbles over if, when and how there is a public vote.”
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 0101 668.
Author: Rodney Croome
Publication: AME Media Release
Date: 21 October 2015