Public opinion on same-sex marriage plebiscite push back

JARRAD BOYD

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Same-sex marriage is a hotly contested topic and the plebiscite even more so. Photo: Flickr

The Federal Government has recently announced that it will be pushing back the date of the proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite until next year, leading to concerns from the public.

This news is seen by some Queensland voters as a broken promise on behalf of the Turnbull Government, while others are still questioning the need for a plebiscite in the first place.

Brisbane local Ms Paige Hazelden believes that pushing back the plebiscite is nonsensical and that the idea of having a plebiscite on the issue is absurd.

“To be honest I think it’s ridiculous. I don’t understand the need to push it back. I don’t even understand the need to have it,” Ms Hazelden said.

“Why are people who are not homosexual, debating whether or not homosexuals should have the right to get married.”

“It does not even concern them.”

The Source News’ very own Alex Corby, a proponent of equal marriage rights said that pushing back the plebiscite was par for the course for the Turnbull Government.

“I think the plebiscite being pushed back is freaking ridiculous. But so typical of our [Federal] government,” he said.

“How can we trust a government that is so indecisive, to look out for the best interest of the nation.”

Mr Corby also supports questioning the need for a plebiscite in the first place stating that the federal government should pass the law.

“I don’t believe there should even be a plebiscite at all.”

“The government needs to stop screwing around with the issue and stop screwing with their people and just pass the law.”

Law Student Hunter F Thompson believes that the government pushing back the plebiscite does not constitute a broken promise, and that the government entertaining the idea of a plebiscite is a sign of progress.

“I don’t really perceive this [pushing back the plebiscite] as a broken promise,’ he said.

“The fact the Turnbull government will even entertain a plebiscite is a step in the right direction.”

Mr Thompson also said he understands the governments reluctance on having the plebiscite, saying that it is very much in-line with how the Turnbull government approaches policies.

“I can understand the Turnbull government’s hesitance and insistence on a plebiscite”

“They have quite clearly shown themselves to ‘play it safe’ with policy, especially when it involves heavily publicly debated issues.”

The same-sex marriage plebiscite was originally set to go ahead later this year but has now been pushed back until the 11th of February 2017.

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