Lagos - Even though there has been large cries for marriage equality in Australia, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has stated that same-sex marriage would not be introduced while he is in power, The Independent reports.
Abbott warned Australia’s Labor party that the marriage equality would not take place after they blocked a free vote on the issue. The coalition government voted 66 to 33 to order that Members of Parliament have to follow their party lines and vote against marriage equality which means that it cannot go to law unless a large number of MP’s break ranks.
Abbott also said that within the Liberal Party which he is a member of, any frontbench MP’s who go against their agreed position will be fired.
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The majority of the Australian public are for marriage equality, according to opinion polls and were angered by what has happened recently. They had hope that after the equal marriage act was passed in Ireland and the US, the same would happen in Australia.
Tony Abbott was trained as a Roman Catholic priest and is personally against same-sex marriage.
Read more at The Independent