Poll: Should same sex marriage be made legal?
THE federal Coalition government is considering allowing a conscience vote on whether same-sex marriages should be legal.
The Coalition party rooms are likely to decide on a conscience vote during the spring session of Parliament, with one Liberal MP saying it was now ''almost certain'' the party would dump its binding opposition to gay marriage.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott promised before the election the Liberal Party room would be free to decide on a conscience vote.
The matter is expected to reach a crucial stage in the next sitting fortnights of Parliament after senior Liberals asked crossbench senator David Leyonhjelm to introduce his draft bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
The New South Wales Liberal Democrat senator's proposal would do away with the specific definition of marriage being between a man and woman in Commonwealth law.
A conscience vote in the Coalition was not allowed in the last parliament, torpedoing any potential for a successful change to the Marriage Act.
Senator Leyonhjelm, a self-confessed "moderate libertarian", said far from being a "left-wing issue", marriage equality was a "liberty issue", and governments should not be able to decide such details of Australians' personal lives.
"If you are opposed to marriage equality, I am not asking for your acceptance, merely your tolerance," he said earlier this month.
Do you think same-sex marriage should be made legal? If so, why/why not? Have your say in the comments section, and vote in our poll.
Do you think same-sex marriages should be made legal?
This poll ended on 31 December 2017.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.