The Australian Christian Lobby has thanked the Liberal Party for holding the line on giving the Australian people a voice on marriage at its party room meeting tonight.

Managing Director Lyle Shelton said the rebel Liberal MPs calling on the party to trash its election promise to hold a plebiscite could only muster two other supporters, in what has been an extraordinary anti-climax.

“How these five men could hold the Government and the nation to ransom with the threat of handing control of the Parliament to Labor and then back down so spectacularly should encourage all Australians who value marriage, freedom of speech and gender normality.

“It is clear that the campaign to change the definition of marriage without the assent of the Australian people has very little support among Government members, despite the hype of the past week.”