Inquiry on same-sex marriage referendum defeated
The Federal Government and the Greens voted down a motion yesterday from anti-marriage equality DLP Senator John Madigan, which proposed setting up an inquiry into a referendum on marriage equality.
Surprising marriage equality advocates, Labor voted for the inquiry.
Australian Marriage Equality national director Rodney Croome said he was let down Labor had voted for the inquiry and AME have called on the ALP to make their position clear.
“We thank the Government and the Greens for voting against this inquiry, but we are disappointed Labor voted for it and call on the ALP to make it clear it opposes a marriage equality referendum.”
Although polls show around two thirds of Australians support marriage equality, AME believes a referendum could provide a platform for fear and hate mongering from those in the community strongly opposed to same-sex marriage.
AME does not want to see a situation such as witnessed in Croatia last week, where a marriage equality referendum resulted in the outlawing of same-sex marriages.
Croome said "fundamental human rights" should not be decided by a show of hands.
“Never before has there been a referendum on marriage law, including when same-sex marriages were banned in 2004, so it is a double standard to have a referendum on allowing same-sex marriage.
“There’s no point wasting parliament’s resources on an inquiry into a referendum that should and will never happen.”
Croome described Madigan’s motion for the inquiry as one-sided and commented, “The only thing worse than a referendum on marriage equality is a referendum on marriage equality that doesn’t actually allow the people to vote for equality.”
Last month the WA Liberal Party state conference voted against a marriage equality referendum.