gay marriage conscience vote

Liberal MPs Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmermann and Trevor Evans

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is holding firm on the Liberal Party’s election promise to put forward a plebiscite regarding same-sex marriage. However, pro-marriage equality Liberals such Tim Wilson, Trent Zimmerman, Trevor Evans, Dean Smith and Warren Entsch are pushing for the plebiscite to be dumped in favour of a conscience vote in Parliament. The issue is likely to come to a head at today's Liberal party room meeting. And, as Mark Kenny has pointed out, the issue could affect the stability of the Turnbull administration itself, as the loss of a vote on marriage reform could potentially equate to a loss of confidence for the Prime Minister.