Australia’s same-sex marriage postal vote will go ahead after the High Court dismissed two challenges to the proposal.
The High Court handed down the decision in Melbourne after 2pm Thursday.
Two groups of same-sex marriage advocates wanted to stop the postal vote, saying the government should not have funded the $122 million non-compulsory vote.
The decision means the postal forms can be mailed from Tuesday as planned.
Upon hearing the court’s decision while in question time, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told parliament every Australian will now have their say on the issue.
‘That is as it should be. We encourage every Australian to vote in this survey, to have their say,’ he said.
The court unanimously dismissed the first challenge by a group of advocates led by independent MP Andrew Wilkie.
A second challenge led by Australian Marriage Equality was dealt with, but the High Court declared the finance minister’s determination was not invalid and he did have the authorisation to make it.
Jacqui Lambie released a statement calling for everyone to ‘get on with this stupid survey’.
‘I never supported a postal survey – not because it’s unconstitutional, but because it’s dumb,’ the statement read.
The independent Tasmania senator said now both sides of the argument could pitch to the public rather than the courts.
If the majority of Australians vote yes in the same-sex marriage postal vote due by early November, a vote will be held in Parliament, which Mr. Turnbull expects will make same-sex marriage legal.
If Australians vote no in the postal vote, the parliament will not vote on a decision.
The voluntary survey was the government’s plan B after the Senate blocked the compulsory plebiscite promised by the coalition at the 2016 election.