The news broke yesterday that the Australian High Court ruled in favour of the federal government after marriage activists went to the High Court with two challenges against the Turnbull government’s same-sex marriage postal survey.
The challenge was that the government did not have the right to spend more than $120 million of Treasury funds on the ballot without passing an act through Parliament.
Now that the government has the High Court’s approval to run the postal survey, what next?
The postal survey ballots will be mailed out from September 12 to Australian voters who enrolled in time.
The voting public will have until November 7 to post their yes or no answer ballots back to the government. For overseas travellers or those living abroad or in remote indigenous communities, there is the option to vote online or by phone.
The ballots will be tallied and the result announced on November 15.
If the yes vote is in the majority, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he would allow a private member’s bill to be introduced to the parliament as early as the end of this year.
Depending on the private member’s bill, same-sex marriage could be legalised in Australia before the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 40th anniversary festival.