Advocates have welcomed opposition to a plebiscite on marriage equality from influential radio commentator, Alan Jones.

On his program this morning Mr Jones, said,

“On same-sex marriage I am totally opposed to a plebiscite. It could be angry and spiteful and divisive, the last thing we need. Many Australians have suffered enough as a result of their sexuality.”

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said:

“We welcome Alan Jones opposition to an unnecessary, divisive and expensive plebiscite and call on the Turnbull Government to drop the policy.”

“There is majority support for marriage equality in parliament so we could resolve this issue next week if the Government simply allowed a free vote.”

After noting a plebiscite will cost “$160 million we don’t have”, Mr Jones said:

“this could be resolved, one way or another, with a vote in the parliament. The bill could be drafted tomorrow in five minutes and the nation could get on with its life. How much more anguish are we going to impose on people over an issue of intense privacy.”

To hear Mr Jones’ comments go to the following link from 42.28:

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome