Australia is the closest it has ever been to legalizing same-sex marriage as it begun a postal consultation to probe the non-binding opinion of Australians on the legal status of homosexual marriages by sending some 16 million ballots.
According to a survey of the Fairfax / Ipsos agency released on Tuesday, 70% of citizens support the legalization of gay marriages.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday began the casting of votes, which will conclude on September 25, after the country’s High Court overturned an appeal last week to block the inquiry.
Before the 7th of November this year, Australians must return their answers to the question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” On the 15th of the same month the result will be announced.
If the yes vote wins, the government will allow its deputies to propose before Christmas the reform of the Marriage Act of 1961, which was amended in 2004 to specify that this union is exclusive between a man and a woman only.
If the no vote wins, the Executive will leave the reform aside, although the opposition, have promised that, to win the general election scheduled for 2019, they will organize a debate in the Parliament.