Australian party moves to dismiss members who oppose same-sex marriage

Australia’s Labour Party has pledged to support same-sex marriage and to require all party members eventually to join in that effort.

After tense negotiations, a Labour Party meeting voted to amend a resolution that would have required party members to vote in favour of same-sex marriage immediately. In a compromise measure, the party agreed that legislators would be allowed to vote according to their consciences – for now. 

By 2019, however, all party members will be required to embrace the cause.

Bill Shorten, the Labour Party leader who engineered the compromise, assured members that “within 100 days of a Labour government being elected that I shall move in the parliament of Australia for marriage equality for Australians”.