PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has revealed he will vote ‘yes’ for same-sex marriage in the upcoming plebiscite, and he expects it will be legalised.
Speaking on Hobart’s 7HOFM 101.7, Mr Turnbull said he expects same-sex marriage to be legalised after the plebiscite.
“It’s important that we’re able to have national conversations and debates on issues like this.”
When asked by the show’s host Anna whether she should start shopping for wedding gifts, Mr Turnbull said: “I think you’re unlikely to be disappointed”.
But Mr Turnbull maintained that a plebiscite – which has been criticised by LGBTI activists – was still the best way to make the decision.
“All the opinion polls I’ve seen on the question on whether parliament should decide on the issue of same-sex marriage or the people via a plebiscite, show a very big majority in favour of a plebiscite,” he said.
“There’s no question it’s not the traditional way of resolving matters like this in Australia but this was the view taken by the Coalition party room – it was before I was prime minister. But nonetheless, it’s a view we are committed to and it is thoroughly democratic.
“And I can understand it is frustrating for those people who want to get on with it, and obviously it has a cost associated with it, that a parliamentary vote would not.”
No date has been set for the plebiscite.