Media Release
Monday June 26th 2017
Advocates say a free vote on marriage equality is the only way for the Government to resolve internal divisions over the issue.
A new row has erupted in Government ranks over marriage equality with senior minister, Christopher Pyne, reported to have signalled a renewed push for a free vote but the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, saying a plebiscite must occur first.
Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said,
"Clearly, the Government is feeling pressure from the community to resolve marriage equality before the next election."
"A recent national Galaxy poll showed the Government will potentially lose office if it does not allow a free vote on marriage equality."
"The only way to resolve the divisions within Government ranks is to allow a free vote."
"This is what the majority of Australians want and it is consistent with the Liberal Party's own principle of individual freedom."
Mr Croome urged the Government to use a cross-party bill introduced last year by Warren Entsch as a model.
"The Entsch bill provides for marriage equality and ensures ministers of religion are not forced to marry anyone against their wishes.
A recent national Galaxy poll found that 26% of Liberal voters said they will seriously consider switching to another party that will resolve the issue quickly through a free vote in Parliament if the Liberal Party doesn't.
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668.