But a crisis meeting of Liberal lawmakers made a decision to try again to persuade the Senate to endorse the plebiscite before Parliament considers voting on legislation.
Many other politicians would likely take a low key attitude, though outspoken Senator Eric Abetz was quick to say "I look forward to engaging with Australians and advocating why marriage should remain as it is".
Co-chair Alex Greenwich attended Senator Cormann's press conference, telling reporters afterwards the government's approach to marriage equality had gone "well beyond a joke".
The good news? Same-sex marriage could be legal in Australia before Christmas.
"There's a constitutional question over whether or not this postal opinion poll is even legitimate", Mr Shorten said.
It will be organised through the Australian Bureau of Statistics and cost $122 million.
Same sex marriage will be considered again by the joint party room meeting in Canberra on Tuesday, and will continue to play out as a divisive issue for much of the rest of the year.
The Turnbull government has consistently resisted calls to introduce marriage equality-enabling legislation in parliament despite apparent support from a majority of MPs, as well as openly LGBTQ lawmakers and an overwhelming majority of the public. These costs included damaging the parties by providing fuel to an already tense debate among liberals and conservatives, and costing the equivalent of $135 million Dollars to hold a vote, the Chicago Tribune reported. Then the postal vote would run from September 12 to November 7, with the outcome announced on November 15.
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However, Liberal lawmakers have to first persuade the Australian Senate to endorse the plebiscite and they have to do it before Parliament considers voting on the legislation.
Senator Nick Xenophon, whose minor party opposed the plebiscite in the November vote, said gay marriage would become an election issue if the plebiscite was blocked by the senate or the courts.
"We think this is a harmful debate", he said.
The conservative Liberal Party-led coalition was narrowly re-elected in July 2016 with a promise to let people decide whether Australia should recognise same-sex marriage through a popular vote.
Government tacticians view this as the best solution that will enable a start to 2018 without distractions on gay marriage and a focus on the economy, energy and national security.
The Equality Campaign dialled back its threat to launch legal action the day after a postal vote was floated, saying instead there was a "strong, strong prospect" of a challenge.
Labor has a conscience vote until the next election and, after that, members of the ALP would be bound to vote to allow same-sex couples to marry.
'A postal vote will be an expensive, non-binding, illegitimate process that will provide a platform for hate and go nowhere, ' said national spokesperson for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, Shelley Argent.
As you travel closer to where a total eclipse is, expect to be bombarded with traffic caused by other eclipse chasers as well. Trying to make your own eclipse glasses out of tinted filters is a definite - and potentially unsafe - no-no.
A school gym coach said that the explosion came seconds after an alarm was raised. "I could see inside a Spanish class". School officials also announced that all summer program students "are accounted for and safe".
Having being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1969, the Australian track star passed away in Perth aged 79. Sydney-born Cuthbert was 18 years old when she won three gold medals at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.
Curry added another birdie on Hole 17 but bogeyed the final hole missing a 10-foot putt, to end the day at 4-over yet again. The Golden State Warrior , 29, was given a sponsor's invite to compete in the Ellie Mae Classic on the Web.com Tour.
The Quinnipiac poll surveyed 1,125 voters nationwide between July 27 and August 1 over landline telephones and cellphones. Twenty-six percent said they viewed Trump as a levelheaded person, while 71 percent say they consider him unstable.
That man was shot and then a rampage ensued, with indiscriminate fire directed at the roughly 100 worshippers on hand. On getting to the church, he had left and out of anger, probably, they rained bullets on worshippers in the church.
Fox News has suspended host Eric Bolling pending the results of its investigation he sent lewd photos to three female colleagues. The allegations follow a series of sexual harassment scandals involving senior Fox News executives and on-air stars.
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