Today host Karl Stefanovic has slammed the Turnbull government’s revival of a marriage equality plebiscite, telling federal politicians to “pull your fingers out and get on with it.”
On Tuesday morning the Channel Nine morning show host slammed the idea of a voluntary postal vote that was backed at a Liberal Party meeting on the issue yesterday afternoon.
“A non-binding, non-compulsory postal vote is complete BS,” he said.
“In my opinion, there have been far too many column inches, far too much airtime, far too much taxpayer time and money wasted on an issue I believe should be decided within the parliament.
“Why do we elect officials if not to make decisions that reflect our beliefs?
“Let’s get on with it. Pull your fingers out in Canberra and get on with it.”
Stefanovic urged opponents of the reform to look at the issue “simply, confidently and compassionately” and asked, “Why are we stopping people from loving each other?”
“In a world where we should be celebrating love over hate, this decision is a no-brainer. Two people who want to share their lives together, love the big events as a union and the small moments of life,” he said.
“What right do any of us have to stand in the way?”
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Meanwhile, ABC presenter Emma Alberici has revealed one of her daughter’s teenage friends was kicked out of home by his parents after he came out.
Opening an interview with government minister Mathias Cormann on last night’s episode of Lateline, Alberici asked: “A friend of my daughter’s, a 15-year-old boy, came out as gay last week to his parents and was kicked out of home.
“While you and your colleagues are bickering in your party room, aren’t you concerned about the message you send to young, vulnerable gay and lesbian Australians that they don’t deserve the same treatment as other Australians?”
Cormann responded: “This is an issue in which there is a diversity of sincerely-held, strong views on both sides of the argument.
“That’s precisely why the government, at the last election, made a promise to the Australian people that they would have a say on whether or not the definition of marriage, the Marriage Act, should be changed.”