The High Court has unanimously decided to allow Australians to vote on same-sex marriage.
The postal vote was subject to a legal challenge from LGBT groups who insisted that right-wing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was overreaching his authority.
But this morning, judges snubbed the last-ditch effort to prevent the controversial vote from going ahead.
On September 12, citizens will be asked to vote on the question:
“Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?”
The vote, which is under the jurisdiction of the Australian Bureau of Statistics, has already cost $14.1 million.
After the decision was handed down, the Prime Minister told Question Time that he and his wife Lucy “will be voting yes, and I will be encouraging others to vote yes.”
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who supports a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage over a postal vote, tweeted: “Alright, let’s win this.”
“What I warn the government against, and the Coalition members, is they said we’ve got to have a survey,” he said, reports news.com.au.
“Without a survey, they can’t do their day job.
“But then, if the conservatives argue: ‘We are having the survey but we haven’t seen the final details of the bill, then you must vote no’, that is a booby trap by the survey,” he added.
Turnbull has said that if Australians come out in favour of same-sex marriage, parliament will hold a vote on the issue.
Australia is facing a tidal wave of homophobic hate speech ahead of the unauthorised postal vote on equal marriage.
A homophobic anti-same-sex marriage advert seen in Melbourne used the words “STOP THE FAGS”.
This was above the nonsense statistics that 92% of children raised by gay parents are abused, 51% have depression, and 72% are obese.
Critics said the poster proved the postal vote was allowing for an outpouring of bigotry.