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Malcolm Turnbull would be fully aware that an attempt to bind ministers on same-sex marriage would cause more trouble than it is worth. AAP/Lukas Coch

Post-plebiscite conscience vote on same-sex marriage is not the risk

Is it a problem that, according to Malcolm Turnbull, cabinet members would get a free vote on legislation enacting same-sex marriage after a successful plebiscite? If it is – and the logic suggests otherwise…
A 2010 meta-analysis of 33 studies found that children raised by same-sex parents fared just as well as other children. Shutterstock

Same-sex couples and their children: what does the evidence tell us?

There is no convincing evidence that same-sex relationships are less stable than heterosexual relationships, nor that they have a negative impact on the children raised within them.
Scott Morrison said the same-sex marriage plebiscite vote would be compulsory. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Morrison will fight same-sex marriage

Treasurer Scott Morrison has flagged the prospect of ministers campaigning on both sides in the same-sex marriage plebiscite – as happened in the republic referendum.
Coalition senator Eric Abetz claims he and other Liberal MPs do not have to respect the result of a coming plebiscite on same-sex marriage. AAP/Mick Tsikas

Coalition tensions expose the flaws of the same-sex marriage plebiscite

It is easy to envisage a number of arguments that MPs might use in an attempt to justify ignoring the result of a same-sex marriage plebiscite and voting contrary to its result.

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