Australia: New PM Rudd Calls for Marriage Equality Referendum

Written by scott on June 28th, 2013

Australia Prime Minister Kevin RuddJust days after he oysted the previous anti marriage equality Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd is calling for a national vote to pass marriage equality. Pink News reports:

Just one day after being sworn in, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced his intentions to hold a referendum on same-sex marriage unless a free vote is held… He announced today that unless a free vote is given to all Australian parliamentarians on the issue, he would push for a referendum. “I would like to see this done,” he said. “It causes so many people such unnecessary angst out in Australia, in the gay and lesbian community.”

No word yet on when such a referendum might be held. Marriage Equality advocates are leery, as Joe.My.God reports:

Rodney Croome, the national convenor of Australian Marriage equality, said a process of a referendum would be “unnecessarily expensive”. He also said while he believed the majority of Australians would vote for marriage equality, he was concerned was about the process. “We have consistently opposed a national plebiscite or referendum on marriage equality for a number of reasons,” Mr Croome said. “It could potentially be deeply polarising, becoming a platform for fear-mongering against the gay and lesbian community, and we think that our politicians are elected to make these kinds of decisions, rather than hand-balling them back to the voters. “It could be quite destructive… particularly for young, same-sex attracted people coming to terms with their sexuality. “They don’t need to see the kind of fear and hate campaigns that I feel would inevitably come out during a referendum.”

The last poll I’ve seen, from August last year, showed that an astonishing 62% of Australians support marriage equality.

 

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