A SENIOR frontbencher has promised "no trickery" from the Abbott government on a potential marriage equality plebiscite, likely in the next parliament.
Attorney-General George Brandis made the comment on Sky News yesterday where he also rejected a proposal for a referendum on the issue.
Other ministers last week proposed a referendum on marriage equality, which would likely be defeated, as another path.
While Labor has backed a parliamentary vote, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he preferred a "people's vote", despite a recent High Court ruling that said the issue was one for parliament to decide.
Senator Brandis has backed the Court's position, arguing it was not a constitutional issue; but he said "society needs to have ownership of the issue", backing a plebiscite.
He also said if a plebiscite backed marriage equality, politicians should legislate to deliver it.