Australians set to vote on same-sex marriage by end of year

Australians set to vote on same-sex marriage by end of year

The Turnbull government decided this week to hold a voluntary postal plebiscite on gay marriage, but The Garter can now reveal that this vote would still leave gay marriage illegal on Sundays.

Pollster Martin O'Shannessy said a market researcher would be able to provide a more accurate picture of Australians' attitudes toward gay marriage through telephone polling for less than $AU1.2 million.

Supporters also fear the postal option could disenfranchise younger Australians - usually more supportive of same-sex marriage - who are less likely to use the mailing system.

"This is a vote whose sole aim is to stop the members of this parliament being given a chance to do their job and vote", said Wong.

A chief complaint about the three-month campaign is that gay people and their families will be exposed to hateful slurs, as has already been the case with comments made about the children of same-sex couples.

Mr Abbott told Parliament: "If you're anxious about religious freedom, and freedom of speech, vote "no" because voting "no" will help to stop political correctness in its tracks".

"We're going to see another situation like Ireland where you saw tens of millions in overseas money coming in to influence the debate".

Mr Abbott vowed to respect the majority view of Australians.

"This view overseas, this degeneration we've seen, where people are suing people for their lifelong religious beliefs is part of political correctness gone insane - we don't want to see that here", Mr Hawke told Sky News.

"Why do people get a say if we can marry when it's nothing to do with them?"

There would be no publicly funded "yes" and "no" campaigns.

No new taxes was what you said before the 2013 election and you introduced the three percent deficit fix tax.

In his speech, Mr Shorten said Labor would stand with LGBTI people.

But I honestly think it's a pointless exercise.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, speaking at a news conference after the discussions, said that holding a postal vote if the Senate rejected an in-person one would give people the opportunity to "have their say", though neither vote would be legally binding. "When we argue with each other, we are arguing and debating about what is the right way forward, what is the best way we can show our love", he said at an interfaith breakfast in Canberra on Wednesday.

It seems unlikely that legislation supporting a national plebiscite (or same-sex marriage) will pass the Senate this week.

Attorney-General George Brandis last night said he expected gay marriage would be legal by Christmas.