LGBTI advocate happy with plebiscite failure

Horsham LGBTI advocate Maddi Ostapiw HORSHAM LGBTI advocate Maddi Ostapiw has welcomed the defeat of legislation to enable a plebiscite on legalising same sex marriage.
Nanjing Night Net

Ms Ostapiw said she couldn’t think of a single gay group that was in favour of holding a national vote on same-sex marriage and a taxpayer-fundeddebate on the issue.

Legislation to enable the plebiscite was defeated in the Senate on Monday night.

“I’m very happy,” Ms Ostapiw said.

“Even though within this term of parliament the plebiscite might have been the quickest way to go about achieving marriage equality, it was not the ethically and morally responsible way to do it.

“It would have put a lot of people in harm’s way.”

Ms Ostapiw said gay groups had made an informed choice to oppose a plebiscite rather than enable a national debate on their right to marry.

Ms Ostapiw said the groupsfeared a debate, with mandated media exposure for the opposing argument, would be damaging to young LGBTI people.

“We’re willing to wait a number of years if we absolutely had to,” she said.

“Speaking on behalf of quite a number of marriage equality campaigners, it’s not just going to rest until the next election.

“We’re going to keep campaigning for a free vote in parliament.”

Attorney General GeorgeBrandis said Labor’s decision to block the plebiscite was “one of the more cynical exercises in politics that I have ever seen”.

He implored the Senate to “stop playing politics with gay people’s lives” and “get out of the way”.

Member for Mallee Andrew Broad has said he wantedto keep the current definition of marriage but would follow his electorate’s result if a plebiscite was held.

Last month, Mr Broad threatened to withdraw support for the government if a compromise was reached to hold a free vote in parliament.

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