Coalition Could Revisit Marriage Equality Free Vote ‘Very Shortly’


LGBTI Parliamentary Friends Group 2 - Warren Entsch, Francis Voon, Janet Rice, Dr Emma Campbell, Travis LinWu, Graham Perrett

Liberal MP Warren Entsch has said he expects the Coalition party room to discuss marriage equality again “very shortly,” and all he wants is the opportunity to vote.

The north Queensland MP (pictured, right) is a strong supporter of marriage equality and has repeatedly called for a free vote on the issue in parliament.

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Pointing to recent movement on marriage equality in countries like Taiwan and Malta, Mr Entsch told News Corp he remained hopeful the reform would be legislated in this parliament but said the government needed to decide what to do about its plebiscite policy “sooner rather than later”.

“We have been working on this for a while now. I would hope and expect that it’s going to come to some discussion very shortly,” he told News Corp.

“The argument I’ll put up is I don’t want to change [colleagues’] views. I hope over time they realise that they don’t reflect reality.

“All I want to do is to have the opportunity of putting my vote. If they want to say ‘no’ that’s fine [but] we’re getting close to a point where we’re ready for it.”

Mr Entsch was speaking at an event in Canberra on Wednesday to launch brochures produced by The Equality Campaign that help multicultural communities “engage in positive and respectful conversations about marriage equality” in nine of Australia’s most common languages.

The event was hosted by the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians, to which Mr Entsch belongs alongside other politicians from the Coalition, Labor and the Greens.