Religious leaders warn of harm from Aust marriage debate

Forty religious leaders want a possible Australian plebiscite on same-sex marriage dropped because bitter debate could do widespread harm.

A group of Buddhist, Baptist, Anglican and Uniting church leaders sent a letter to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday.

The religious leaders warned that a public campaign on the issue could polarise people in a “highly politicised moral debate”.

LGBTI people and religious believers could suffer as a result.

“We ask that, instead of holding a plebiscite, you allow marriage equality to be resolved by a vote in Parliament as soon as possible,” the religious leaders wrote.

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