Folau has the right to make same-sex marriage call - Wallabies coach

Wallabies star Israel Folau tweets opposition to legalising same-sex marriage

The legal win means the government avoids another embarrassing and bitter round of infighting over same-sex marriage, which would have seen moderate Liberals again push for a free vote in Parliament.

The claims come as former High Court judge Michael Kirby again weighed into the same-sex marriage debate, describing the postal survey as "hurtful".

Folau tweeted on Wednesday: "I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions, but personally I will not support gay marriage".

The laws - which are expected to attract bipartisan support from the government and the main Labor opposition party - will apply to advertising, leaflets or behaviour during the campaign period, the Herald added.

All Australian citizens are legally required to participate in referendums with the country now readying itself for a non-binding vote on whether same-sex marriage should be legalised.

Nearly half of all Australians eligible to take part in the same-sex marriage postal survey will receive their ballots before the weekend.

Of those certain to post their ballot papers back, 70 percent said they would support gay marriage.

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"The only issue stopping me from ticking yes and sending it regardless of the fact that it isn't legally my vote, was that I believe everyone has the right to their opinion and beliefs". It had a 2.6 percentage point margin of error.

Although the majority of Australian people indicated support for allowing same-sex couples to marry (55%), Queensland was the most conservative state on this issue featuring the top five electorates for lowest support.

Shelton, also a spokesperson for the Coalition For Marriage, told the BuzzFeed News political podcast Is it on? that parents should be able to take their kids to gay conversion therapy.

But the government refuses to release a draft bill until after the survey decides whether the Parliament will consider change.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull kicked off the two-month campaign by declaring he will vote "yes", and would encourage others to do so, but resisted calls for a bipartisan campaign effort. "It is hurtful to my partner of 48 years".

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