Wednesday, November 15 at 10 am Australia will find out the results of the nation-wide postal survey that nearly 80% of registered voters returned their ballots to have their say on.
If the ‘Yes’ vote wins
The postal plebiscite is non-binding that means the government does not have to accept the public result, however if it is a ‘Yes’ win, the Dean Smith Bill could be introduced into the Senate as soon as Thursday for discussion as promised by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who told reporters back in August that: “If the nation votes ‘yes’ then we will facilitate a private member’s Bill to make same-sex marriage legal before the end of the year,”
Senator James Paterson’s alternative same-sex marriage Bill has already been rejected by the majority of the Liberal party with Mr Turnbull explaining on Monday that Smith’s Bill: “has been around for some months and is clearly a good bill to start with”.
If the ‘No’ vote wins
Essentially if the ‘No’ vote wins same-sex marriage is off the table.
“If there’s a ‘no’ vote, we won’t (facilitate a private member’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage), that’s it, if the people have spoken against it, we won’t be proposing it at the next election I can assure you.”
However, the Labor party have indicated that at the next Federal election, if they return to government, they will legislate same-sex marriage within 100 days.