Australia's Gay-Marriage Vote Is Divisive, Even for Gay-Marriage Backers

Dan Mc Culloch                                                       Tuesday

Justice Kirby said he was hurt the government would put the issue of same-sex marriage to a postal vote.

She was one of the lucky ones to be accepted by her family as a gay person and had suffered very little homophobia in the North East community over the years, but was anxious what other youths might face during a campaign against marriage equality.

City of Sydney Councillor Christine Forster-who is also the sister of Tony Abbott-appeared on The Project on Wednesday night to point out the flaws in the postal vote.

If the majority of people voted no, that would be the end of same-sex marriage in Australia. "If you are anxious about religious freedom and freedom of speech, vote "no".

Wong said an open debate on same sex marriage was "exposing" the children of LGBTQI couples to "that kind of hatred".

The federal government announced on Tuesday it would try to reintroduce its plebiscite into the Senate this week, but if the vote failed - which is likely - it would then move to conduct a postal vote of the Australian public instead.

The government will scrap the free vote if the proposed postal plebiscite yields a "no" result.

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"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.

Since the Liberal party confirmed its intention to hold a plebiscite on Monday, 53,000 people have contacted the AEC to update their address.

"I'd call on everyone to honour the will of the Australian people as expressed through this plebiscite, so for those of us who are arguing against change, if it goes against us, we should honour it".

Virginia Edwards campaigning with partner and liberal candidate Christine Forster at Bourke St Public School today during the local Government election.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten told the PM: "I hold you responsible for every hurtful bit of filth that this debate will unleash - not because the Prime Minister has said it, not because he agrees to it, he clearly doesn't". He said he would prefer to wait than have his rights decided this way.

If the Senate again blocks the plebiscite, the government intends to hold a voluntary postal plebiscite by November 15.

"Well done to Malcolm Turnbull and the government for making sure this is going to happen", the former prime minister told reporters in Canberra before outlining his argument for a "no" vote. Bernardi has said he would vote against gay marriage regardless of what the plebiscite found.