Queensland Senator Ron Boswell, along with Tasmanian Labor Senator Helen Polley, last week presented ACL’s 52,000 strong petition supporting marriage to the Senate.

Here, Senator Boswell gives his views on why Australians are not in favour of same-sex marriage.


  “It’s obvious that there is a strong feeling in mainstream Australia to support the existing definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman,” said The Nationals’ Senator Ron Boswell.

Senator Boswell tabled 52,000 signatures petitioning the Senate to defend this definition of marriage and not to permit recognition of any other form of relationship to be considered equal to marriage.

“The Greens called for feedback from the electorate on gay marriage and here is mine,” said Senator Boswell.

“Tens of thousands of Australians care enough to have signed this petition and that is a strong indication that there is significant opposition to changing the legal definition of marriage.”

“While many Australians support an individual’s private choice of partner, they do not want the uniqueness and essential character of marriage between a man and a woman to be changed.”

“It is not homophobic to respect the existing definition of marriage. It is respecting the foundations on which society is built, particularly the rights of children to a mother and father wherever possible.”

“Non-discrimination against same sex couples can co-exist with a commitment to children being born of and reared by a father and a mother in an unchanged definition of marriage.”

“International human rights law reflects this rational distinction. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides: 'The right of men and women of marriageable age to marry and to found a family shall be recognised.' The Covenant asserts: 'The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.'”

Senator Boswell said that the Greens had picked a fight on the issue of gay marriage purely to create divisions in the ALP and hive off the left wing vote. “The sooner Labor puts the Greens last on preferences and recognises that they are an extreme and destructive force, the better off Australia will be.”