Turnbull says Australia could legalise gay marriage this year, depending on postal vote

Australia will hold a voluntary postal vote on whether to legalise gay marriage if parliament rejects plans for a plebiscite on the contentious issue, the prime minister said yesterday.
Parliament’s upper house, the Senate, last November rebuffed plans for a national plebiscite involving 15 million people, with the Labor opposition, Greens and cross-bench MPs arguing it would be expensive and create division.
Several gay senators made impassioned pleas against the plan at the time, saying…