Opposition leader Tony Abott is against marriage equality and refuses to allow a conscience vote within his party. Liberals’ Malcolm Turnbull, Joe Hockey, George Brandis, Christopher Pyne, Greg Hunt, Bruce Billson and the Nationals’ Nigel Scullion are all pro-marriage equality but have to take an anti same-sex marriage stance to appease their leader. Sydney Star Observer reports ...PFLAG Australia national spokeswoman Shelley Argent has written to all Liberal and National members of the Federal Parliament, urging them to apply pressure on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on same-sex marriage after a shadow cabinet meeting decided against allowing MPs a free vote. Argent wrote... This issue should not be about politics and one upmanship...
Lesbians and gays (our sons and daughters) lives and wellbeing will be affected by the outcome and I urge you to encourage other MPs to lobby Mr Abbott about permitting a conscience vote, regardless of whether you favour equality or not. It’s about democracy.
While those in the Liberal Party are censored, the sister of Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd has quit the Labor Party over its change of platform in favour of same-sex marriage. Loree said...The whole concept of equality comes from the Bible, from the sacred scriptures. All people are equal before God, but not all relationships, she said. Not being gay, Loree who is an expert on the matter of same-sex attraction and same - sex marriage in secular society, said... If the benefit was that homosexual couples knew more joy, it would be worth the trade-off. But I don’t think they will experience more joy.
Meanwhile Federal Finance Minister Penny Wong and her partner Sophie Allouache are both in, and have just welcomed a baby girl,Alexandra, who couldn't give a rat's who is in or out, or who's for or against because she's here and she's loved.
Where did Argent get the idea that marriage equality should not be about politics and one upmanship! If Labor says yes...then it is Tony Abbott's duty to say no... stuff the constituents!
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