Australia began a postal consultation on Tuesday to find out the views of Australians on same-sex marriage. About 16 million ballots were sent by the government to the population.
Before November 7, Australians should answer the question, “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” On the 15th of the same month, the result will be announced, which will have no legal value.
If yes wins the poll, the conservative government will allow its deputies to propose, before Christmas, the reform of the Marriage Act of 1961, to include gay marriage. But if the “no” wins, the change will be cast aside.
Labor opposition, however, has promised that if they win the 2014 general election, they will hold a debate on the issue in Parliament within the first 100 days of the mandate.
The controversial postal vote was criticized by politicians and activists for the rights of the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transvestite, Transgender and Transgender) because they felt that Parliament should hold the debate within the House. In addition, there was the fear that the query degenerates into hate campaigns.
Research by the agency Fairfax / Ipsos released on Tuesday shows that 70% of citizens support the legalization of gay marriage.