The issue of same-sex marriage is at a crossroads in Australia. But the way in which the decision for the change is made could potentially be another bump in the road for same-sex couples in the country. The prime minister's calls for an expensive — about $160 million expensive — popular vote to decide whether Australia should legalize same-sex marriage has drawn strong criticism, but perhaps none so resonant as that of one 11-year-old. Criticizing Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull over the same-sex marriage plebiscite, Isabella Mills, who has two moms, has won over hearts with her articulate argument.
Some Australians also fear that the parliament won't act accordingly should the plebiscite pass — a possibility further bolstered by Senator Corey Bernardi, who has said that he would vote against legalizing same-sex marriage regardless of the popular vote. But other lawmakers stressed that if there is a successful majority public vote on same-sex marriage, the parliament would most certainly follow suit.