The chances of Australians wishing to obtain approval for gay marriage lost after a serious hint from the main opposition party that it will block the vote.
The conservative liberal government had planned to hold a national plebiscite, similar to a referendum on whether to allow same-sex couples to marry in February 2017.
But the opposition said that the government should just make gay marriage legal without a national vote, avoiding a vicious debate over LGBT rights and save millions of dollars voters.
Australia is one of the last Western countries without legal force for same-sex marriages that have already been introduced in the United States, New Zealand, France, Canada and the United Kingdom. About 57% of Australians support same-sex marriage, according to a recent survey.
The Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull first suggested it to Parliament on Wednesday after months of negotiations. He set the date for a vote on February 11, and has allocated $ 7.5 million (5.6 million USD) for both of the campaigns in favor and against LGBT rights. "We are full of people who support each other. And that is why I support same-sex marriage," said Turnbull.
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