Federal Parliament has agreed to set aside time in August for MPs to speak for five minutes on the issue of gay marriage.
Last November, Parliament passed a Greens motion calling on MPs to consult their constituents about who should be entitled to marry.
On Tuesday evening the House of Representatives agreed that members should report back in mid-August (the 16th) on those consultations.
Recent polls have shown a slim majority of public support for changing the Marriage Act, but both Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott have expressed opposition to any amendment.
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