Plan to force yes vote on gay union
LABOR candidates will be forced to vote for gay marriage or be refused federal preselection under a plan that will enrage MPs.
A gay- marriage “compromise” is being discussed between Labor factions, who are split on providing a free vote and a binding agreement.
Under the proposal, which would be debated at Labor’s National Conference tomorrow if worked up, MPs would have a conscience vote during this Parliament but would be forced to vote for marriage equality at the next. Sources have confirmed the compromise is being discussed. Others have smashed the plan. “What are they going to do?” one said. “Expel a quarter of the Caucus if they refuse to vote for gay marriage?”
Labor leader Bill Shorten told the party yesterday: “We can be an inclusive nation, where marriage is not about gender but two people who love each other, above all others.”