Australia's same-sex marriage debacle 'embarrassing'

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Newstalk ZB Staff,
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Wed, 9 Aug 2017, 8:38AM
Australia is making a mess of their same-sex marriage legislation. Photo / Getty

Australia's same-sex marriage debacle 'embarrassing'

Author
Newstalk ZB Staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 9 Aug 2017, 8:38AM

Gay and lesbian activists in Australia are dumbstruck over the same-sex marriage debacle.

The Government has confirmed a non-binding postal ballot will take place if the Senate refuses to approve a compulsory plebiscite - a bill which is almost certain to fail.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he's sticking to his election promise.

"That we would not facilitate the introduction of a bill to legalise same-sex marriage until the Australian people have had their say, and we made a commitment to give all Australians a say on the matter of same-sex marriage."

Founder of the LGBTQI group Just Equal, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, told Mike Hosking the whole situation is "embarrassing".

"We know that opponents of marriage equality, regardless of the fact that we're about to spend $122 million on this postal vote idea, we know that they're going to ignore the result."

LISTEN ABOVE AS IVAN HINTON-TEOH SPEAKS WITH MIKE HOSKING