While Coalition members always have the right to cross the floor and vote against a government bill, the suspension of standing orders by government backbenchers to consider a bill that is opposed to government policy is unusual, to say the least, if not unprecedented. Senate lawmakers rejected a bill to hold a plebiscite last November, with opposition lawmakers citing concerns about cost and a run-up campaign filled with bigoted and homophobic rhetoric.
As Australia provides no legal recognition to same-sex couples, the pair's union was never recognised, and Mr Johnson's death certificate states that he was single. There's a real possibility that, at the end of this all, we'd still be left without a plebiscite.
"This decision goes another step closer towards recognising marriage equality as an global human rights issue". "You heard me say again and again that every Australian will have a say on this issue", Turnbull said.
'It is now time for the government to get out of our way and have a vote on marriage equality, ' he told the Nine Network.
The postal vote proposal offers a path for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to retain the support of both liberals and conservatives in his center-right coalition, crucial given his one-vote majority in the lower house of parliament.
Same sex marriage will be considered again by the joint party room meeting in Canberra on Tuesday, and will continue to play out as a divisive issue for much of the rest of the year.
Bill McLennan, Australian Statistician and head of the Australian Bureau of Statistics between 1995 and 2000, said he doubted the ABS had the authority to conduct the vote.
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The ballots for a postal vote will be sent out on September 12 with the aim of having them returned and counted by November 15.
"I'm a strong leader".
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said Labor would not support the plebiscite.
The Equality Campaign dialled back its threat to launch legal action the day after a postal vote was floated, saying instead there was a "strong, strong prospect" of a challenge. Efforts to adopt marriage equality in some jurisdictions, such as a 2013 effort in the Australian Capital Territory, have been short-lived and unsuccessful.
If the postal ballot comes back with a majority "yes", a private member's bill will go to parliament, with Liberal members exercising a free vote on it.
When asked which he would vote in a public vote, the prime minister said he believes that anyone has the right to marry, and that he would encourage others to vote that way at the polls.
And since the vote is nonbinding, Australia's Parliament is under no obligation to change marriage laws, even if the public supports such a move.