The Marriage Equality Plebiscite Is Finally Dead And People Are Really, Really Happy About It
Pleb's dead baby. Pleb's dead.
Last month it started to become pretty clear that Labor wasn’t going to support the marriage equality plebiscite. Today, they made it official, joining the Greens and the Nick Xenophon Team in declaring their opposition. With those three parties united against the plebiscite, there’s no way legislation enabling such a vote can make it through the Senate.
So it is that nearly a year after Tony Abbott first proposed the idea, the plebiscite is finally dead. While at times sections of the marriage equality campaign supported the public vote as a pathway to actually getting reform, in recent weeks the movement united against it. They were concerned about its cost, the fact it wouldn’t actually be binding and the potential harm it could cause the LGBTIQ community.
What this means for the future of Australian marriage equality is still a little unclear. While a majority of the country is in favour of changing the marriage act, there are conservative elements in parliament who are dead set against it – and unfortunately, Malcolm Turnbull needs their support to stay in power.
But while there’s still plenty of fighting left to be done, for the time being at least, people are just really, really happy.
— ainsindahouse (@ainsindahouse) October 11, 2016
— Chris Chamberlin (@popculturechris) October 11, 2016
— Nick Rippon (@nickrippon) October 11, 2016
View of the dead plebiscite, hundred of years into the future pic.twitter.com/RaLMabQsTk
— Jessica Alice (@jessica_alice_) October 10, 2016
Plebiscite more like plebISNTcite
— ghost scott (@scottsues) October 10, 2016
15 mths ago the plebiscite seemed inevitable. I've never been prouder to be a campaigner, and part of our brave, unified LGBTQIA+ community
— Sally Rugg (@sallyrugg) October 11, 2016
*blows Eric Abetz a big wet kiss*
— Bad Cook (@brandycooklyn) October 11, 2016
devastated re: greyhound ban reversal + stoked re: plebiscite being blocked. weird time to be a greyhound loving homo
— allison gallagher (@aewgallagher) October 11, 2016
What will we spend the unused plebiscite money on?
I vote nationwide pizza party!
Or like mental health and education and stuff.
— Jo Thornely (@jothornely) October 11, 2016
— David Parritt (@Neo_oz) October 11, 2016
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