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Good news! Last night the Tasmanian Legislative Council voted AGAINST state-based 'same-sex marriage'.
There are 15 Members in the Legislative Council, 13 of whom are Independents (plus one Labor and one Liberal). Every Member spoke on the Bill - the vote was 8 votes to 6.
But the battle isn't over
Despite the defeat, Premier Lara Giddings says she will fight on for 'equality'... "We will continue this. It's not the end. It's the beginning".
Co-sponsor, Greens leader Nick McKim, said, "The Council's chosen fear over love, the Council's chosen division over unity, and it's chosen the 19th century over the 21st century. And the Council tragically today has held Tasmania back."
Ruth Forrest, an outspoken Member in the Council who 'supports same-sex marriage', introduced a motion last night to have the matter considered by a select Committee, especially the constitutional issues - the ABC reports that debate on the motion is expected to be held next month.
Read ABC report. Read report at The Mercury.
Activist Rodney Croome says they will lobby against the Members who voted against the Bill.
Once again, most Members focused mostly on marriage being between a 'man and a woman' and the cost to Tasmania of a High Court challenge because marriage is not a matter for the States. They generally did not criticise homosexuality itself, with its health risks and unnatural behaviour. It is seen to be 'politically incorrect' to deal with those aspects. However, if they aren't dealt with it simply becomes a matter of 'rights' and 'equality'.
This has been a long-term strategy of the homosexual lobby.
Dennis Altman, a homosexual activist who is now a Professor at Latrobe University, wrote, in 1983, "The greatest single victory of the gay movement has been to shift the debate from behaviour to identity, thus enforcing opponents into a position where they can be seen as attacking the civil rights of homosexual citizens, rather than attacking specific and (as they see it) antisocial behaviour." (The Homosexualisation of America, Page 9).
Interestingly, Dennis Altman doesn't personally agree with same-sex 'marriage', although he thinks the 'restrictions' should be removed.
Read his article - click here.
ACTION . . .
If you live in Tasmania, please contact your Legislative Council member.
If they voted AGAINST 'same-sex marriage', please thank them for their vote.
If they voted FOR 'same-sex marriage', express your disappointment and concern.
In both cases, please ask them not to support a motion to have the matter considered by a 'select Committee'.
For details on Members of the Legislative Council - click here.
If you don't know your Legislative Council electorate or Members, click here to find out who they are!
The Tasmanian Legislative Council is currently debating a Bill to legalise 'same-sex marriage'.
The Bill was co-sponsored by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim. The Bill was passed by the House of Assembly a few weeks ago.
The vote will be close - but the latest news is that the Bill is likely to be defeated in the Legislative Council. Read media report.
The Legislative Council has one Labor Member, one Liberal Member and 13 Independents. More news once the vote has been taken.
A key issue is that marriage is a Commonwealth matter- not one for the states - and that the law would probably be the subject of a High Court challenge (a very expensive exercise!)
More good news!
The federal Senate has defeated a Bill aimed at legalising same-sex 'marriage'. The Bill was defeated by 41 votes to 26.
As in the House of Reps, the Coalition voted against the Bill, which was put up by several Labor Senators. The Greens voted for it, and Labor had a conscience vote. Several Senators were absent for the vote.
Read media report. View the vote - click here.
Eleven Labor Senators voted AGAINST the Bill. We congratulate them!
Senators Catryna Bilyk, Mark Bishop, Jacinta Collins, Stephen Conroy, Don Farrell, Mark Furner, Alex Gallacher, John Hogg, Helen Polley, Ursula Stephens, Glenn Sterle.
Of course, we may have won the 'battle' but the 'war' continues.
Several states are considering same-sex 'marriage' Bills - and two Coalition MPs are talking of proposing a 'civil partnerships' Bill.... Stay tuned!
The federal House of Representatives has overwhelmingly defeated the Bill put forward by ALP MP Stephen Jones that was aimed at legalising 'same-sex marriage'. The Bill was defeated by 98 votes to 42.
Here is the Hansard record of the vote - with names of MPs voting for and against the Bill.
This is a great result - congratulations to all the MPs who voted against this Bill.
All Liberal and National Party MPs voted AGAINST the Bill - since the Coalition had taken a policy oipposing same-sex 'marriage' to the 2010 election, the party required MPs to vote against the Bill.
The Labor Party had a conscience vote:
26 Labor MPs voted AGAINST the Bill:
Dick Adams, Chris Bowen, David Bradbury, Tony Burke, Anthony Byrne, Yvette D'Ath, Craig Emerson, Joel Fitzgibbon, Julia Gillard, Chris Hayes, Ed Husic, Geoff Lyons, Robert McClelland, Daryl Melham, John Murphy, Shane Neumann, Deborah O'Neill, Julie Owens, Bernie Ripoll, Michelle Rowland, Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan, Mike Symon, Kelvin Thompson, Maria Vamvakinou, Tony Zappia.
7 Labor MPs were absent from the vote:
Anna Burke, Michael Danby, Laurie Ferguson, Martin Ferguson, Andrew Leigh, Rob Mitchell, Brendan O'Connor.
All the remaining Labor MPs and the Green Adam Bandt voted FOR the Bill.
Independent Rob Oakeshott voted FOR the Bill and Tony Windsor voted AGAINST the Bill.
Senator Cory Bernardi spoke strongly against the Bill - and talked of where the debate might go... he mentioned polygamy and then talked about bestiality - this was a 'step too far' for some; he was criticised by libertarian Liberals and others, and eventually resigned from his parliamentary secretary position.
However, this vote in the House of Representatives is just one part of the overall battle! There is a vote expected on a similar Bill in the Senate which has been put forward by several Labor Senators. That vote could occur today.
Then there are still two Greens Bills - one in the Senate from Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, and the other in the House from Greens' Adam Bandt (co-sponsored by Independent Andrew Wilkie). See more info on our Campaign page.
Already Warren Entsch, the Chief Opposition Whip, is saying he will introduce a 'Civil Union' Bill - this is a position advocated by Malcolm Turnbull as well... read media report.
The federal Parliament is expected to debate and vote on the proposed amendments to the Marriage Act this week. If passed, the Bills would legalise same-sex 'marriage'.
In the House of Representatives, it is expected the private member's Bill from ALP MP Stephen Jones will be voted on. In the Senate a fourth Bill has been put forward by several Labor Senators - it mirrors the Jones Bill and that is expected to be voted on as well.
Click here for our 'Campaign page'.
There are two things you can do...
1. Contact your MP and Senators.
Ask them to vote against same-sex 'marriage'. If you haven't contacted your MP and Senators, now is your last opportunity - even if you have written, please email and phone them on Monday or Tuesday. Click here for MP details.
2. Pray that the Marriage Act will not be amended, and that marriage remains ONLY between a man and a woman.
Christian leaders in Australia have called for a 'National week of prayer and fasting for marriage'. Saturday 15 - Friday 21 September, 2012.
The votes on the Bills are a key part of what we need to pray about - as well as the preservation and promotion of marriage.
Bill Muehlenberg writes about the vote on marriage - and the call to prayer:
Marriage Wars and the Urgency of the Hour
Click here for the statement about the week of prayer and fasting, put out by Brian Pickering of the Australian Prayer Network.