Australia is the only developed English-speaking nation that hasn’t legalized same-sex marriage, but that could soon be changing.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has put forward a plan for the country to vote on same-sex marriage. The country will hold a non-legally binding voluntary public postal vote before an official parliamentary vote in November.
The postal vote will start as early as September 12 and continue through November 7. Votes for “yes” will lead the government to put forth a bill for Parliament to formally change Australia’s definition of marriage. From there, the MPs and Senate would be able to vote on the bill according to their personal beliefs, rather than the beliefs of their official party.
LGBT advocates fear that a postal vote will spark delays by anti-LGBT groups. LGBT advocates may also try to legally challenge this proposal which could delay the vote, too. Others mention how wasteful such a vote — which would not be legally binding — would be for the country — $122 million, in fact.
So for now, this is the step Australia will take toward same-sex marriage, and we in the United States are rooting for the LGBT community and their families for their deserved rights.