Gay senator Louise Pratt delivered an emotional statement on September 13 recounting a “hurtful” pamphlet that was being distributed near her house amidst the same-sex marriage vote.
Senators spoke about a proposed bill that would fine people who vilify, intimidate or threaten harm “on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, intersex status or religion.”
Those found in contravention of the bill face fines upwards of $12,000, Sky News reported.
Pratt, a Labor senator from Western Australia, said she was with her partner and three-year-old son shopping for their evening meal when a pamphlet encouraging a “no” vote was handed to her.
“The pamphlet is too hurtful to repeat here [but] these debates are hurtful to LGBTI people and our families. We shouldn’t have to listen to this debate about the status of our families and our children,” Pratt said.
A postal survey asking whether same-sex couples should be allowed to marry will be mailed to 16 million Australian voters through September 25, after the High Court ruled on September 7 that the government’s $122 million plebiscite was lawful. The results of the survey will be available on November 15. Credit: Australian Parliament House via Storyful