As you might know, I don't care two hoots about gay marriage personally, but it it is important to many people, least of all Sister who married Bone Doctor in Canberra before former Prime Minister John Howard shut it down with special legislation. Sister and Bone Doctor were legally married for a few days.
The later former Prime Minister, The Abbott, proposed a plebiscite about gay marriage; that is asking the Australian people if they wanted legislated gay marriage. Given the approval rating for gay marriage is around 70%, why??? Polling figures from Christians, from non believers in religion and from other religions have approval figures of over 50%. It should be a simple vote in parliament. Our Prime Minister personally approves of gay marriage, so we can only conclude he is stymied by his piss weak party members who are beholden to the old school, like Howard and Abbott.
There are so many really important things to focus on for political parties in Australia, but instead our the Liberals, our conservative party in power, waste their time on debating gay marriage and want to spend upwards of $160 million on a non binding plebiscite vote by the people of Australia. If strongly Catholic countries such as Spain and Mexico, not exactly first world countries, have legalised gay marriage against opposition from 'Rome', it should not be a problem here.
So, if Australia has to wait longer for gay marriage to be legal after there is political agreement, so be it and forget about this absurd plebiscite, which I think I will find to be personally quite embarrassing.