As E-news goes to press this evening, Coalition parliamentarians are locked in a party room meeting in Canberra to determine the future of marriage in Australia.

They adjourned briefly for the maiden speech of new Queensland Liberal National Party Senator Joana Lindgren. The meeting could go late into the evening.

Prior to the meeting which began at 3:15pm, press gallery journalists were tweeting that the Coalition would hold the line on marriage and not jettison its policy. This is a good sign but in politics it’s not over until it is over. Please continue to pray.

To allow a conscience vote would mean the Coalition no longer had a policy position on marriage.

For both political parties to walk away from marriage would be disastrous for our nation.

Too much is at stake for the freedom of speech and conscience and for the rights of children to be allowed to know their mother and father.

We are only just starting to see discussion on these issues emerge. Please read the letters in today’s The Australian.

Maree Triffett of Lenah Valley, Tasmania, has written beautifully about fatherlessness and motherlessness and how same-sex marriage entrenches this.

Thanks for all you have done so far to influence parliamentarians. Tens of thousands of you have signed our petition and emailed your local MP.

This action makes a difference.

Even if the Coalition holds the line tonight, this battle won’t be over. It is however winnable if we don’t give up. It will be important that if given a reprieve tonight, we don’t go back to sleep.

If you haven’t already, please sign the petition and share it with your friends on Facebook.

If you live in Canberra or Melbourne, don’t miss Ryan Anderson.

He is North America’s leading commentator on marriage. His latest book is Truth Overruled – the future of marriage and religious freedom.

We are privileged to have him in Australia.

Thanks again and please keep praying.