The SSM Postal Vote
Australia already has same-sex unions (civil unions in QLD, & de facto unions in the rest of the states) under federal law. However, each state/territory is entitled to create their own laws with respect to same-sex relationship registers & partnership schemes.
63% of Australians think same-sex marriage should be legalised, with a further 12% being undecided. Moreover, there is evidence showing that the mainstream views of both sides of politics believe that marriage equality in Australia is inevitable.
In 2013, the High Court found that the definition of 'marriage' in the Constitution includes same-sex unions. Thus, a referendum cannot be performed, because the legislature already has the power to enact marriage equality. NOTE: a decision from the Courts is purely legalistic in nature, & should not be used to show that the Courts endorse same sex marriage in a ‘moral’ sense.
Should marriage equality
be decided on a Postal Vote?
Huffington Post, A Postal Plebiscite on Same-Sex Marriage Is A Terrible Idea
Australian Marriage Equality, Fact Sheet
The Daily Telegraph, Politicians of all stripes have made a hash of marriage equality