The Marriage Plebiscite has been set to take place on 11 February 2017. That is, if Labor doesn’t find a way to block the Australian people from having a say in the matter. As reported by Student Edge:
According to the ABC, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s cabinet last night decided on the February 11 date for the mooted marriage equality plebiscite, along with the question that’ll be put to voters: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
However, the fate of the plebiscite most likely rests with Labor and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten... Shorten introduced a private members bill to Parliament seeking to legalise same sex marriage without a plebiscite. (His is just one of four - likely unsuccessful - marriage equality bills now on the table.)
Shorten’s attempt to push changes to the Marriage Act through the Parliament without a proper debate and without giving the Australian people their right to be heard shows that he either doesn’t care about, or does not understand the true implications redefining marriage has for Australia. The marriage debate is not about homophobia or bigotry by any means. The legalisation of same-sex marriage would pave the way for all kinds of “relationships” to be legally sanctified, require a dramatic and disturbing change in the education of children and erode fundamental rights of Australians, as it has already done to citizens in other countries.
Shorten and Labor have made clear their desire to legalise same-sex marriage without any input from the Australian people. They claim that they want this issue “done,” but what they really want is to get their way, even if it means denying the people a say in the matter.
As we approach the plebiscite, it is crucial that the truth about same-sex marriage and its consequences is made known. There is far more to the issue than merely a union between two people; marriage is the institution that has supported, saved, and sustained society for millennia. The date may be set, but a lot can happen between now and 11 February. Marriage affects all of us, which is why, when it comes to time to make a decision, we must ensure that the people have a voice and a vote on this most critical issue.