TODAY host Karl Stefanovic has sent a clear message to federal politicians holding up same-sex couples being granted the right to marry.
The popular TV personality set his usual early-morning larrikinism aside for a very serious spiel revealing exactly how he feels about the government's decision to push through with a postal plebiscite.
Beginning his rant, Stefanovic said it would come as a surprise to no one that we are "governed by fools" and labelled federal politicians "middle aged suits, oblivious to the cost of childcare or a mortgage" who were "ironically incapable of leadership".
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He blasted both sides of politics, saying Opposition Leader Bill Shorten was "determined to wedge (Malcolm) Turnbull to ensure marriage reform is delayed until he himself is the one who gets to sign off on it". And he was just as hard on the Prime Minister.
"Here's what I think," Stefanovic said.
"A non-binding, non-compulsory postal vote is complete BS."
Stefanovic said there had been too many column inches, airtime, and taxpayer time and money wasted on the issue he said "should be decided in parliament".
"Why do we re-elect officials if not to make decisions that reflect our beliefs?" he asked.
"Pull your fingers out in Canberra and get on with it. Let's look at this simply, confidently and compassionately.
"Why are we stopping people loving each other in a world which should be celebrating love over hate? This is a no-brainer.
"This is more about the fear and naivety of non-gay people than anything to do with the problem of gay marriage.
The fired-up host rounded off his rant with criticism the issue had become a political football.
"It's less about the real issue, and all about the chest-beating and posturing of politics," he said.
"When energy prices are through the roof, business confidence is low, and many can't find a home to live in, politicians have real issues to deal with.
"So I implore them to do it. Vote in parliament. Say 'yes' to gay marriage, and let's live happily ever after."