Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Same sex marriage isn’t likely to be an option anytime soon in Australia. It’s unlikely Australians will be asked this year to vote on whether to allow same-sex marriage, but the Turnbull government won’t publicly confirm a February referendum.

The Australian Electoral Commission has strongly recommended the government not hold a national vote on the issue before the end of 2016.

But the prime minister’s office and senior ministers insist the timing and question are still to be decided by cabinet.

Malcolm Turnbull and colleagues had repeatedly said they hoped to hold the vote this year.

News Corp reported on Sunday he is expected to announce the plebiscite timeline, aiming for February, at a coalition party room meeting on September 13. Read more

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