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Australian PM dismisses same-sex marriage referendum idea

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Canberra, May 24: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has dismissed the idea of a referendum on same-sex marriage in the country after Ireland voted in favour of amending the country’s constitution on the issue. “Questions of marriage are the preserve of the Commonwealth Parliament,” reported ABC on Sunday citing the prime minister. “Referendums are held in this country where there’s a proposal to change the constitution,” he said, adding: “I don’t think anyone is suggesting the constitution needs to be changed in this respect.” Australian Capital Territory Liberal setor Zed Seselja said he did not support gay marriage, but there was a reasoble case for a referendum in the country. “A vote by parliament is all that is needed and Tony Abbott should allow his party a (conscience) vote on the subject. Cupid doesn’t discrimite and neither should the law,” Seselja added. With all votes from the country’s 43 constituencies counted, Ireland has approved same-sex marriage with 1.2 million people voting in its favour. (IANS)

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