Xenophon Party Set to Block Same-sex Marriage Plebiscite

nick xenophonNick Xenophon and his party, the Nick Xenophon Team (NXT), is set to block same-sex marriage, according to statements NXT made on Monday.

“We do not support (the marriage equality plebiscite proposal of the government),” the statement said in response to the Liberal party’s plebiscite proposal, specifically.

NXT says that the main reasons for their blocking the proposed for same-sex marriage is due to economics.

The vote of the proposal is estimated to cost a steep bill, the NXT party stated, adding that the decision should be made in parliament not as a plebiscite, which would also make it a free vote.

“This is a decision the parliament should make now…the (cost of the) plebiscite, which in any event could be disregarded by the parliament, could be in the order of $160m or more. We believe this money could be better spent,” NXT stated.

“Each of us supports marriage equality and we are ready to vote accordingly,” they added.