The Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull and his administration has announced that it will delay the referendum on same sex marriage until February 2017; Turnbull had said he wanted the vote to be held next year.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the vote, called a plebiscite, is being pushed back to February.
“The government has always said that a decision on same-sex marriage will be made by a vote of all Australians in a national plebiscite to be held as soon as practicable,” a government spokesman said.
Late last week, the Australian Electoral Commission advised the Special Minister of State against the conduct of a plebiscite this calendar year.
A timeline for the vote would now be announced in September and that the question expected to be asked is: "Do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marry?"
A large majority of Australians support marriage equality, according to polls.