Same-sex marriage plebiscite discussed

Combine republic, marriage debate

THE FEDERAL opposition is prepared to have a referendum on whether Australia should become a republic at the drop of a hat (within their first term of government). 

Well it beggars belief that this same party has denied the Australian people the right to have their say on a more divisive issue, that being same gender marriage. 

One of the arguments for not doing so was the cost to taxpayers. 

Well problem solved. 

Let's have both issues resolved at the same time, and not wait for Labor to ever get back to govern.  

Robert Lee, Summerhill.

Traditional questions

JACK Sonnemann (Letters, July 16) speaks his mind on the gay marriage debate, which I totally agree with, but leaves himself open for further debate when saying “Being heterosexual, I support traditional marriage”.

As a heterosexual myself who also support traditional marriage, and a firm believer in “equality”, I also give the nod to gay marriage.

Does Mr Sonnemann?

Mr Sonnemann adds “That doesn’t mean I hate homosexuals”.

Of course not, one would have to hate them to deny them “equal opportunity”.

A.R. Trounson, Needles.

A Freedom of choice

MARRIAGE is a choice - and upwards of 15 per cent of heterosexual couples have opted out.

So what really is all the fuss?

If you regard marriage as sacred you can seal your vows in a religious ceremony.

It is entirely up to you.

For those who oppose same-sex marriage nothing will change if same-sex partners are offered the same choice.

Nothing.

If our elected representatives cannot get their heads around this simple fact they should resign en masse.

This has become a distraction for far too long.

Tony Newport, Hillwood.

Equal opportunity marriage

FOLLOWING the coalition opting to proceed with a non binding plebiscite at a cost of $122 million (hold the budget repair) I wonder if Christopher Pyne will still contend that the moderates are in control of the Liberal Party.

Seems the shadow of Tony Abbott and his disciples still causes the Prime Minister to betray his beliefs.

A Carter, Mowbray.

Let the electorate speak

TERRI Butler expresses disappointment in the Liberal Party in going against the sentiments of the electorate (The Examiner, August 8).

Pardon me, but the electorate has not yet spoken.

If the Labor Party had backed a plebiscite in the Senate, we would have known by now - but for purely political reasons, they did not support the matter being put to the Australian people.

After the Australian voting public does say what it thinks about same sex marriage, does Terri realise she may be in a minority? 

And further, maybe there are members of her own party, who when faced with a choice, will say no.

Ken McNeill, Beauty Point.