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Australian Government minister predicts free vote on gay marriage before year’s end

Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he believes Prime Minister Tony Abbott will allow government MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage before the end of 2014.

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8th February 2014 07:40

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

Turnbull has previously predicted that MPs from the governing Liberal-National Coalition of Prime Minster Tony Abbott would be allowed to vote with their consciences on the issue but this is the first time he has put a timetable on it.

Turnbull made the comments to the Daily Telegraph, ahead of the start of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, telling the newspaper that the notion that marriage was only for heterosexual couples was ‘getting less right every day.’

‘I think the arguments against it are not very persuasive,’ he said, adding that he respected those who held a different view for religious reasons.

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