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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.
In October 2012, it will be four years since the Victorian parliament passed one of the world's most horrific abortion laws - that allows abortion up to birth when approved by two doctors (they can both be abortionists) after considering medical circumstances and the "current and future physical, psychological and social circumstances" of the woman (See Section 5).
Mark your diary now - plan to march in Melbourne...
Saturday 13 October 2012
1 pm - Meet at Treasury Gardens to walk to state Parliament.
This March marks the anniversary of the passing of Victoria's Abortion Law Reform Act in 2008 and calls for the repeal of the law.
Wear pink and blue for the babies. Placards provided.
The flier says "We march for the 20,000 lives destroyed by abortion in Victoria each year - the babies of nearly one in every three pregnancies."
Visit marchforthebabies.org.au for more details. See you there!
A group of more than 140 international medical professionals has met in Dublin and concluded that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of a mother.
The Symposium was organised by the Committee for Excellence in Maternal Healthcare, chaired by Prof Eamon O’Dwyer.
Read more about the Committee, and the Symposium, on the Committee's website.
The Symposium released the Dublin Declaration last weekend. It reads:
"As experienced practitioners and researchers in obstetrics and gynaecology, we affirm that direct abortion is not medically necessary to save the life of a woman.
“We uphold that there is a fundamental difference between abortion and necessary medical treatments that are carried out to save the life of the mother, even if such treatment results in the loss of life of her unborn child.
“We confirm that the prohibition of abortion does not affect, in any way, the availability of optimal care to pregnant women.”
Irish Times reports, "Eamon O’Dwyer, professor emeritus of obstetrics and gynaecology at NUI Galway and a conference organiser, said its outcome would provide “clarity and confirmation” to doctors and legislators dealing with these issues. . . Other members of the committee include Dr John Monaghan, Dr John Greene and palliative care nurse specialist Sinéad Dennehy."
The Irish Times says Dr Eoghan de Faoite, a spokesman for the group, told them that, although some of the medical professionals have opposed abortion in the past, it was not part of any pro-life campaign and that “All organisers were involved in their professional capacity and were not here to represent any pro-life position."
Read media report: Forum in Dublin on maternal health, Irish Times, 20 Sept 2012.
Read Lifesite News report: Abortion “absolutely never medically necessary”: maternal care expert symposium
The Tasmanian government is continuing down the path of 'progressive' changes...
Last week they passed two laws...
* State-based same-sex 'marriage' law - Tasmania already has a 'Relationship Register' law for same-sex (and heterosexual) couples.
Now the state Labor government, led by Lara Giddings, has introduced a Bill to legalise state-based same-sex 'marriage'. The Bill has passed the House of Assembly (lower house) - with Labor and Greens supporting the Bill and the Liberal Party opposing it.
Perhaps it is another consequence of Labor being beholden to the Greens to retain power! Or perhaps it is because of Lara Giddings' personal progressive agenda...
The Bill will now go to the Legislative Council for a debate and vote in a couple of weeks.
Read media report.
Comment: Of course, marriage is a federal responsibility - not a state one - and various legal opinions say this move is actually illegal - if passed, it could be challenged in the High Court.
* Surrogacy law - to allow homosexual and de facto heterosexual couples to get a surrogate to carry a baby for them. The law had been under consideration for a year, and was finally passed by the Legislative Council. Read media report.
This removes the right for children to be raised by their biological mother and father.
Tasmania was the last state to legalise homosexual sexual activity - now they seem to want to be the first to fully endorse homosexual relationships by legalising same-sex 'marriage' and surrogacy. It shows the state of the world we are living in, with God's word about marriage and family increasingly being rejected by society - and governments.