Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Posting Votes for Marriage Equality in Australia

From The New Yorker:

The Australian national postal service is currently busier than usual: it is in the middle of delivering ballots for the Australian Marriage Law Survey to the postboxes of sixteen million eligible voters. On each form is a single question: “Should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?” Recipients are instructed to tick Yes or No and mail back the form by the November 7th deadline. Though sending things by mail is often considered a dying mode of communication, it’s the method that the conservative Australian government chose, amid much controversy, to carry out this nonbinding, voluntary opinion poll, the results of which will be used to justify the government’s decision whether to hold a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage later this year.

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