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Karl Stefanovic calls out government on same sex marriage stance: "Pull your fingers out."

In an impassioned plea to the Australian government, morning television host Karl Stefanovic has labelled the Government’s proposed plebiscite vote “complete BS”.

“A non-binding, non-compulsory postal vote is complete BS,” he said on air this morning. “There have been far too many column inches, far too much air time, far too much tax-payer time and money wasted on an issue I believe should be decided in the parliament.”

This comes after the Liberal Party shut down Labor’s latest bid to take the issue to a conscience vote, meaning the plebiscite is the only way forward – if it can make it through the Senate.

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“Pull your fingers out in Canberra and get on with it. Let’s look at this simply, confidently and compassionately,” Stefanovic appealed.

“Why are we stopping people loving each other in a world which should be celebrating love over hate? This is a no-brainer.”

The Coalition is reluctant to take the issue to a conscious vote because that would mean reneging on the party’s election promise of a plebiscite, ABC reports.

“Our preference is to give the Australian people a say through a compulsory attendance plebiscite,” Finance Minister Mathias Corman told the broadcaster on Tuesday morning.

“Should that not succeed through the Senate, the Government believes that there is a legal and constitutional way forward to give the Australian people a say through a non-legislated, voluntary postal plebiscite.”

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But for Stefanovic – and millions of Australians – marriage equality has become too politicised and the humanity of the issue has been lost.

“It’s less about the real issue, and all about the chest-beating and posturing of politics,” Stefanovic said. “When energy prices are through the roof, business confidence is low, and many can’t find a home to live in, politicians have real issues to deal with.”

“So I implore them to do it. Vote in parliament. Say ‘yes’ to gay marriage, and let’s live happily ever after.”

Do you think a same sex marriage plebiscite is worthwhile? Or a waste of time and money?

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