Australian Same-Sex Marriage Debate

By Megan Saari

On September 2, 2017, Australia put themselves one step closer to making same-sex marriage legal.There is a ballot going out to see what the vote would be if it was an official vote. The yes will clear a path to finally make same-sex marriage legal. The thing that swung many votes towards yes was the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, publicly saying that he would be voting in favour of same-sex marriage. At a press conference the Prime Minister said, “Throughout my public life I’ve sought to ensure same-sex couples are not discriminated against and their entitlements, be it in respect of medical benefits, taxation, superannuation or employment, are no different to those afforded to heterosexual couples. Why then shouldn’t those same rights now be extended to marriage?”

The Prime Minister also brought up the fact that same-sex marriage is legal in 23 other countries. “In any one of those nations, has the sky fallen in? Has life as we know it come to a halt? Has traditional marriage as we know it been undermined? The answer is no,” he said.

Other political parties in Australia have publicly said that they would be voting yes, like the the Australian Labor Party. Bill Shorten, the party’s leader, said the he expected the yes to win the vote, “We’ve got one last mountain to climb before we make marriage equality a reality. Let’s climb it together, today.”

Naturally there are those who oppose the measure, but so far, it seems they are the minority, as shown by the polls,58% of the country is for same sex marriage. With this ballot Australia is close to being the 24th country to have legal same-sex marriage. 

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