ADVOCATES APPLAUD NXT FOR VOW TO VOTE DOWN PLEBISCITE
CALL ON LABOR TO FOLLOW SUIT
HOPE THAT MARRIAGE EQUALITY WILL PASS PARLIAMENT
Advocates have applauded the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT) for vowing to vote against a marriage equality plebiscite.
Spokesperson for LGBTI lobby group, just.equal, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said,
"I applaud the NXT for reflecting the overwhelming view of the Australian LGBTI community and vowing to vote against plebiscite enabling legislation."
"A plebiscite will be costly, it will provide a platform for hate campaigns and it has the potential to delay marriage equality."
"Labor has very effectively made the case against a plebiscite and now it needs to join the Greens and the NXT by vowing to vote a plebiscite down."
Mr Hinton-Teoh said he has confirmed with the NXT that they not only oppose a plebiscite in principle but will vote against enabling legislation.
He responded to claims that blocking a plebiscite will block marriage equality for this term of parliament.
"I expect that when a plebiscite is knocked on the head the Government will look again at a free vote, and even if a free vote isn't allowed only a handful of Liberals need to cross the floor for marriage equality to pass."
"In the absence of a plebiscite I believe there is a parliamentary path forward for marriage equality."
Earlier this month just.equal and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) released a scientific study of LGBTI community attitudes to a plebiscite which found that 85% of LGBTI people oppose the idea and want a free vote in parliament instead. 60% said they oppose a plebiscite even if it means marriage equality will be delayed. The study was the largest of its kind ever conducted with 5,500 respondents across all demographics.
A copy of the study can be found here: http://www.equal.org.au/surveyreleased
For more information contact Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826.