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Anti-gay marriage stance 'un-Victorian'

AAP logoAAP 24/07/2016 By Kaitlyn Offer

Premier Daniel Andrews says anti-gay marriage views are "un-Victorian" and has written to the prime minister urging him to dump an equality plebiscite.

Mr Andrews has written to Malcolm Turnbull "on behalf of" Victorians, calling for a bipartisan Bill to amend the Marriage Act within the next 100 days.

He points to coalition MPs saying they will vote against marriage equality in parliament regardless of the plebiscite's result.

The letter also criticises the $160 million cost to hold "the nation's most expensive opinion poll".

"It will give legitimacy to hurtful views, views that are essentially bigoted, views that are very un-Victorian and un-Australian," Mr Andrews told reporters on Monday.

Mr Andrews called on Mr Turnbull to not go through with a "cowardly plebiscite" but show leadership and "get on and change this law and drag it into the 21st century".

Victoria's Gender and Sexuality Commissioner Ro Allen said LGBTI people were already suffering from the public debate over whether a vote should even happen.

"It's a licence for hate speech that we don't need," she said.

Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy accused Mr Andrews of using marriage equality as a political distraction at a time when the state was under fire for police resources.

"He shouldn't be politicising this issue on a day where you've got an assistant commissioner of police saying we need more police, there's a crime wave in our city," he said.

"Frankly he should be out of that debate from Canberra and focusing on issues that matter to Victoria, and at this point in time more than ever that's law and order."

The Australian Christian Lobby called Mr Andrews' letter a "poor attempt to circumnavigate Australians from having a voice on the future of marriage".

The prime minster confirmed he had received Mr Andrews' letter and said he "will be responding in due course".

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