Some Australian political leaders, including Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, have come out to support same-sex marriage in some countries of the world.
During an event in Sydney that was attended by more than 20,000 people, to campaign ahead of a non-binding postal vote on changing Australia’s marriage act. Turnbull made a surprise appearance and speech at the launch of the New South Wales Yes campaign.
The postal plebiscite has been criticised by opponents as an unnecessary delay in resolving the debate, which they say could be settled immediately in parliament.
He said: “Throughout my public life I’ve sought to ensure same-sex couples are not discriminated against and their entitlements, be it in respect of medical benefits, taxation, superannuation or employment, are no different to those afforded to heterosexual couples. Why then shouldn’t those same rights now be extended to marriage?
“In any one of those nations, has the sky fallen in? Has life as we know it come to a halt? Has traditional marriage as we know it been undermined? The answer is no.”
The High Court of Australia last week dismissed two separate objections to the poll by same-sex marriage advocates.