Australia to Hold Voluntary Postal Vote on Same-Sex Marriage


Jason Scott writes at Bloomberg News:

Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalize same-sex marriage that may lead to the issue being resolved by the end of the year, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said.

Should a majority of voters indicate support for gay marriage, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government expects it to be legislated “quite quickly” after polling closes on Nov. 15, Cormann told reporters in Canberra on Wednesday. The move comes after the government’s bid to legislate to hold a mandatory public vote, known as a plebiscite, was defeated in the Senate for a second time.

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