News Election 2016 Labor opposing gay vote is ‘very weird’: Hunt

Labor opposing gay vote is ‘very weird’: Hunt

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Government frontbencher Greg Hunt believes it would be “strange” if Labor refused to back legislation to put gay marriage to a national vote.

The government plans to bring a bill to parliament as soon as possible after the July 2 election to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage.

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Both Labor and the Greens oppose a national vote, concerned a “no” campaign could unleash hateful advertising and expose children of gay parents to negative messages.

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Mr Shorten is concerned a vote could inspire hate campaigns. AAP

But Mr Hunt believes a plebiscite is the “ultimate democratic act”.

“There are some people who don’t want (a plebiscite) but that’s a very weird position,” he told Sky News on Sunday.

“It gives everybody a chance to have a say.”

More than 70 per cent of Australians strongly support a plebiscite, he said.

“It would seem passing strange if (Mr Shorten) were to lose the election and then oppose a national plebiscite on this issue,” he said.

Mr Shorten raised eyebrows during a debate on Friday, linking the mass shooting in a gay nightclub in Orlando to hate campaigns that could result from a plebiscite.

He’s since stepped back from that comparison, saying the situation faced in Australia is not the same as the United States.

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