Australia: Primate welcomes same-sex marriage plebiscite, warns against vilifying debate

September 9, 2016


[Anglican Communion News Service] The primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, Archbishop Philip Freier, has welcomed a proposed referendum on whether the country should allow same-sex marriages, but expressed concern about the “tenor of the debate.” Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised a referendum on the issue during his campaign in the country’s general election in July. As Turnbull leads the new coalition government, a referendum is expected, but the details have not been announced. Opposition remains in parliament to a plebiscite, even from supporters of same-sex marriage.

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