Labor is trying to bring gay marriage to a parliamentary vote sooner rather than later — probably in August — to prevent it diverting attention from other issues and causing the government continuing grief.
Government whip Joel Fitzgibbon told caucus there appeared to be a desire from some Labor MPs to get the issue resolved soon. He asked MPs interested in speaking when debate resumes on Monday to give him their names. By the end of yesterday there were four on Labor’s speaking list.
Government MPs will get a free vote, but Coalition members are bound to vote in favour of the status quo. Parliament has two private members bills before it, one from Greens Adam Bandt and the other from Labor MP Stephen Jones.
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