The Australian Christian Lobby today welcomed comments by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying the Coalition Government could retain its marriage plebiscite policy heading into the next election.

Speaking on Ben Fordham’s Sydney Live show on 2GB, Mr Abbott said that if the plebiscite was good enough to take to the last election, it was a good enough policy to take to the next federal election.

ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said Mr Abbott was right to suggest the policy could be taken all the way into the next parliament.

“Nothing has changed,” Mr Shelton said.  “The Coalition promised to give the people their say on this important social issue.

“The government said they would not change the Marriage Act unless the Australian people voted for change in a national marriage poll,” he said.

“Because of the senate’s intransigence, that vote still hasn’t happened, and until the Australian people vote to change the Marriage Act, the law should remain unchanged.”

More than 50,000 people have signed an ACL petition calling for the Senate to pass the Government’s promised plebiscite.