I hope this gets sorted soon, so our sisters and brothers down under can move forward with their lives. A referendum sounds like the way to go, so no one can wriggle out of recognising same-sex marriages, like they do here. But as we’ve seen here, changing the law means nothing to some people.
In the past week, the Australian marriage equality debate has taken a rapid turn from a parliamentary focus to a potential popular vote.
Prime minister Tony Abbott has repositioned the government’s stance on same-sex marriage as advocating a “people’s vote” on the matter.
However, ministers are divided over whether this should take place via a referendum, which alters the constitution, or a plebiscite, which is a non-binding nationwide opinion poll. There is also widespread disagreement on when such a vote ought to take place.