Plan to force yes vote on gay union

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

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.”

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