The BBC reports:
Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have come out in support of a campaign for same-sex marriage. More than 20,000 people gathered in Sydney to campaign ahead of a non-binding postal vote on changing Australia’s marriage act.
Mr Turnbull made a surprise appearance and speech at the launch of the New South Wales Yes campaign. Opposition leader Bill Shorten then addressed the crowd at the main rally. The non-binding vote to gauge support for changing Australia’s Marriage Act will be sent out from 12 September, with a result expected in November.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
Delivering his first speech for the “yes” campaign since the High Court upheld his controversial postal survey last week, Mr Turnbull said he was confident the Australian people would approve the reform and it would then “sail through Parliament” by the end of the year.
Launching the NSW Liberals and Nationals For Yes group in Sydney on Sunday, Mr Turnbull said he was voting “yes” because it was “fundamentally a question of fairness”. The threat to marriage was not gay couples, he said, but a lack of loving commitment that turned many marriages into a “loveless desert”.
“Many people will vote ‘yes’ – as I will – because they believe the right to marry is a conservative ideal as much as any other conservative principle,” he said. Mr Turnbull pointed out same-sex marriage had been delivered by parliaments, courts and people’s votes in many countries, including those most culturally similar to Australia: the US, Britain, Canada and New Zealand. “In any one of those nations, has the sky fallen in? Has life as we know it ground to a halt? Has traditional marriage been undermined? And the answer is plainly no.”
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