Prime Minister emphasized intention against same-sex marriage on a marathon meeting.
Tony Abbott, current Prime Minister of Australia opposed on same-sex marriage, Coalition agrees to possibility of a free vote on a meeting that resulted conscience vote about 60 votes to 30, Tuesday. Abbott warned colleagues to resign if they give support of same-sex marriage.
Public favorable opinion and even several attempts to legalize same-sex marriage in Australia and even nationwide via approval from both houses of the Federal Parliament, however, Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has traditionally opposed for he is socially conservative Catholic.
Abbott told reporters, “If you support the existing definition of marriage between a man and a woman, the coalition is absolutely on your side but if you would like to see change at some time in the future, the coalition is prepared to make that potentially possible.”
The Marriage Act Section 5, amended in 2004, defines marriage “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.” Section 88EA of the Act also stipulates that any foreign marriages of same-sex couples “must not be recognized as a marriage in Australia”. Same-sex marriage bill introduced by the Australian Greens in the Senate and reviewed by Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, August 2009. Largest protests for same-sex marriage in the nation’s history took place in eight cities.
In statement of Tony Abbott, “As I said, if it does come before the Parliament, obviously our backbenchers are entitled to vote in the end, wherever way they want. “I would be disappointed if they went against the party position but nevertheless we have always accepted that in the end all votes in our party room for backbenchers at least are conscience votes.”
According to reports, if the Coalition gives their members a free vote, then the senate may carry a motion by one, and the lower house needed two extra supporters. Then bill will be brought to a vote in the parliament, referred to a selection committee made up of a majority of Coalition MP’s opposed to same-sex marriage.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said “I don’t understand for the life of me what Mr Abbott has against marriage equality. We shouldn’t have to wait for a referendum which by the way will cost tens of millions of dollars.”I think Mr Abbott just needs to move with the times.”
Labor Party National Conference, passed a platform amendment allowing the continuation of a conscience vote on same-sex marriage legislation, July 2015, following likely to be the 2019 federal election. The Labor MP’s then will be bound by party policy to support same-sex marriage legislation. IMAGE/Andrew Meares