Opinion

SOAPBOX: No logic in same-sex plebiscite vote

Even if Australians give a resounding "yes” vote to allow same-sex marriage, it's unclear what happens next.
Even if Australians give a resounding "yes” vote to allow same-sex marriage, it's unclear what happens next. Renee Pilcher

MY head continues to spin over the logic of having a plebiscite for marriage equality.

The Marriage Equality Plebiscite Bill tabled by Malcolm Turnbull proposes that Australians be asked a simple question: "Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?"

It is an ambiguous question at best.

Even if Australians give a resounding "yes" vote, there is absolutely nothing in writing to determine the next course of action, a timeline in which that action would be taken or even a requirement for any action to be taken at all.

The very politicians who cannot bring themselves to allow a conscience vote to determine the issue in Parliament will be left to interpret the outcome of the vote.

My guess? It will remain an election issue when we next head to the polls.

In contrast, when people vote in a referendum, they do so in full knowledge of how the law will be changed.

Every referendum is accompanied by the specific, word-by-word changes to the constitution.

As a result, there can be no doubt about what Australians are voting for, so why is this not the course of action if a conscience vote is off the table?

I don't understand why it is such a difficult thing for the leaders of this country to allow us to move into the 21st Century.

Same-sex couples are a part of everyday life and the world hasn't yet destructed, so how about we take a logical step forward and stop wasting time?

Topics:  malcolm turnbull, marriage equality australia, opinion, plebiscite


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