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MR: Uncertainty over marriage policy could drive voters to minor parties
· May 07, 2013 10:00 AM
For release: Tuesday, 7th May 2013
Coalition uncertainty over voting policy on marriage may force many Australians to consider minor parties who are clear on the issue at the September 14 election, according to the Australian Christian Lobby.
“Upper House elections in Tasmania at the weekend which returned pro-marriage candidates showed there is little appetite for radical social policy such as redefining marriage,” ACL Managing Director Lyle Shelton said.
“Those supporting marriage were rewarded at the ballot box after an expensive and high profile campaign failed to unseat them,” Mr Shelton said.
While ACL had welcomed Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s clarity on the issue, it was concerned proponents of redefining marriage were pressuring Coalition candidates to support watering down Coalition marriage policy.
ACL was preparing to target key marginal seats in the lead-up to the September 14 election with leaflets to highlight the social benefits of keeping marriage between a man and a woman.
“We want to highlight to the constituency those candidates and parties who support marriage and let voters know where a candidate is in favour of redefining marriage.”
Mr Shelton said it was regrettable that redefining marriage was becoming an election issue so soon after it was resoundingly defeated in the Australian Parliament last September.
“The Parliament has already spoken but if advocates for redefining marriage are so sure of public support, why don’t they back a referendum?”
protests in France against the Hollande Government yesterday
have been motivated in part by his legislating a new definition of marriage and UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative Party has
suffered an embarrassing setback in local council elections
after he supported redefining marriage.
“I have great confidence in the ability of Australians, particularly under 35s, to think critically about this issue as long as an alternative view is allowed to be put in the public debate,” Mr Shelton said.
“There are consequences in redefining marriage for children, free speech and freedom of religion and this needs further public discussion.
“A referendum would be the ideal forum in which to have a balanced debate.”
Send a message to the Libs: keep marriage party policy
· April 11, 2013 10:00 AM
Those seeking to redefine marriage are stepping up their pressure on Liberal
MPs to water down Liberal party policy.
While Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has reaffirmed his view that marriage between a man and a woman should remain policy, he has indicated that his party room has the power to reconsider this in the future.
A feature of the Coalition’s integrity on the marriage issue has been its steadfastness in ensuring it had a team policy about marriage.
It is appropriate that a major political party holds a party policy (as opposed to allowing a conscience vote) on marriage because of the adverse consequences for children, freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
If you live in a Liberal federal electorate, please send an email to your local MP asking them to support the Party’s position on marriage and oppose any move to allow a conscience vote on the issue. Express your thanks that the Coalition has so far stood firm on protecting this institution which is so fundamental to a healthy society.
Marriage is too important to be dropped from party policy.
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