Gay marriage in Australia hits snag

The Australian government’s plan to hold a popular vote on whether Australia should allow same-sex marriage suffered a setback today when a political party announced it would not support the proposed plebiscite.

Even if most Australians voted for same-sex marriage, conservative government lawmakers could still block the reform in Parliament.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull agreed to hold the referendum in a deal with gay marriage opponents within his party in return for their backing in the internal leadership ballot that toppled Prime Minister Tony Abbott a year ago. Turnbull, a gay marriage advocate, had previously spoken out against such a public vote that could create painful divisions in Australian society.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/australia-plan-for-vote-on-gay-marriage-hits-stumbling-block/2016/08/28/f037efc4-6d91-11e6-993f-73c693a89820_story.html

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