Bill Shorten puts Malcolm Turnbull on blast over postal vote

When delegates gathered in Canberra in 1998 to debate whether Australia should refashion itself as a republic, some of those delegates were selected by mail.

The majority of Australians are in favour of marriage between people of the same gender, but the country is in the trailer many western countries.

The calls come as the high court prepares to consider legal challenges today and some supporters of marriage equality consider a boycott. We could learn the results by November 15.

"I think the Prime Minister has done exactly the right thing in proposing what he is proposing", Mr Howard said. He urged them to enrol to vote and to encourage others to do so. If you want all Australians to be equal: vote yes.

"The celebrated Australian comedian and musician takes on "I Still Call Australia Home", originally released in 1980 by Peter Allen, in the video he posted on Facebook, adding ".ophobic" to the title.

"This is my message for business leaders, for sporting clubs, for the union movement, for community groups - it is time now to get involved". He's pushing attempts to get a public vote on the matter instead of a parliamentary one.

WayOut Wodonga member Sheridan Williams, who has advocated as part of the group for the past four years, said many people who did not mind if same-sex marriage was legalised may not be bothered to fill out a form.

The prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, favoured gay marriage, wanted to hold a "plebiscite" (mandatory voting, but whose results are not binding), but the opposition has failed with this proposal in the Senate.

"I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage", Court wrote.

Labor senator Penny Wong delivered an emotional speech on same-sex marriage in the Senate
Bill Shorten puts Malcolm Turnbull on blast over postal vote

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby wants the plan abandoned, saying he was happy to wait to Wednesday his partner of 50 years instead of having the public postal vote.

Hume Phoenix will conduct a campaign ahead of the postal plebiscite, which Ms Johnson said would be needed to counter the expected hate campaign.

"Make sure your whole household has checked their enrolment and is ready to go", he said.

If the people of Australia approve amending the marriage act that is enshrined in the constitution, by way of a constitutional referendum to include the marriage of same sex couples, so be it.

"It is exposing our children to that kind of hatred".

The 24-year-old Queenslander said she's registered as an overseas elector but finds the process "extremely confusing and really stressful". They simply can not countenance people like me and others being equal.

She said she had "nothing against gay marriage" but believed it violates a "spiritual law".

Marriage equality lobbyist Tiernan Brady, executive director of The Equality Campaign, said Mr Abbott's comments were created to deliberately deceive the public.

"Over the next few months, bad things will be said about you and your families, about your lives, your identities, your choices, and the Prime Minister will not stand up for you".

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