Australian labor politician Penny Wong gave a passionate speech decrying a people’s vote on marriage equality, saying that it would “license hate speech to those that need little encouragement.”

The Australian Liberal government has said it will hold a people’s vote, also known as a plebiscite, to allow the public to vote “yes” or “no” on same-sex marriage.

The conservative Liberal Party is in favor of holding the vote; Labor Party members are opposed to it, fearing that it could serve as an excuse for people to spout hate speech, and prefer a conscience vote to move to legalise gay marriage within 100 days of the election. Read more…

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Politician’s moving speech: ‘Marriage equality vote is a license for hate’