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Australia kicks off postal vote to decide on legalising same-sex marriage

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Christy Curtis | 16 September, 2017, 01:41

Some conservative lawmakers threatened to resign if Turnbull did not stick to the public vote, while more liberal members said they would side with the opposition Labor Party to secure same-sex marriage if the PM did not resolve the issue.

Even if the same-sex couples can marry, it will not be marriage equality.

Registered Bundaberg voters will be eligible to have their say on the $122 million same-sex marriage postal survey as the mass mail-out began on Tuesday.

In a three-page letter sent home to parents, Sunrise Christian School principal Shane Hosking talked about the upcoming postal vote on same-sex marriage in Australia and asked them to vote "no".

Greens leader Richard Di Natale, whose colleague Janet Rice co-sponsored one of the legal challenges, declared: "We're going to work our backsides off and win this bloody thing".

Gay or trans conversion therapy is a range of discredited practices that claim to change a person's sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

More than 16 million registered voters among Australia's population of 24 million will receive ballots in the coming days requesting their opinion on whether same-sex couples should be allowed to Wednesday.

He said Australians were "absolutely able" to conduct the debate respectfully.

The legislation was introduced because the survey is not covered by the usual safeguards governing elections in Australia.

Keeping the marriage act as it is will protect the weakening of marriage as we know it. "We are absolutely committed to legislating for marriage equality", he said. "And I think parental rights should be respected".

It comes as Mr Turnbull celebrated his second anniversary in the prime ministership. Joyce, who has been a vocal supporter of marriage equality, has urged Corporate Australia to follow his lead with public support. "These programs are based on a fundamental lie, and are intrinsically homophobic", said Rev Dr Margaret Mayman, Chair of Australian Christians for Marriage Equality in a statement.

The postal survey on the proposal to change Australia's Marriage Act is now being sent to voters.

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