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Australian opposition expected to sink gay marriage vote

6 years 5 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 11 2016 Oct 11, 2016 October 11, 2016 6:58 AM October 11, 2016 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CANBERRA, Australia - The Australian opposition is widely expected to dash government plans to allow a public but non-binding vote on recognizing gay marriage in Australia.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's conservative coalition government needs the support of the center-left Labor Party to get enabling legislation through the Senate to hold a national vote on gay marriage on Feb. 11.

While Labor supports gay marriage, it argues the plebiscite would trigger a divisive public debate.

A meeting of Labor lawmakers will formally announce their decision on the issue on Tuesday.

Labor Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek told Australian Broadcasting Corp.: "I don't think you have to be a genius to work out where the majority of feeling is in the Labor caucus on this."

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