A recent media report claimed that the Coalition party room is to consider whether to allow Coalition MPs a 'conscience vote' on the issue of homosexual 'marriage' during the spring session of parliament (ie during the next couple of weeks the parliament sits, as they are on their winter break now). The SMH
article claimed, "The Coalition party rooms are likely to decide on a conscience vote during the coming spring session of Parliament, with one Liberal MP saying it is now ''almost certain'' the party will dump its binding opposition to gay marriage."
This isn't really a surprise, since the Coalition said prior to the last federal election that the matter of homosexual 'marriage', and in particular the question of whether Coalition MPs would be given a 'conscience vote' on the issue, would be debated by the party room after the election.
In mid-July, the NSW Senator for the Liberal Democrats Party, David Leyonhjelm, announced
that he plans to introduce a Bill to legalise homosexual 'marriage'.
Initially, he said he wouldn't introduce the Bill until the Coalition granted their MPs a conscience vote.
He has now said that he will introduce the Bill - apparently, as the SMH reports, in response to a request from senior Liberals, so they can scrutinise the Bill.
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On marriage, POLLS and taking ACTION!
We recently reported
on a poll that was commissioned by pro-homosexual group Australian Marriage Equality (AME)
, and run by Crosby-Textor, that claimed that 72% of Australians supported homosexual 'marriage'. We noted that the actual QUESTIONS asked, and the order of the questions, as well as the group commissioning the poll, can determine the outcome!
The following articles, by Gerard Calilhanna, Coordinator of Australia's National Marriage Coalition, published in News Weekly, highlight the current situation, and point out some of the results, and problems, associated with recent 'polls'.
There is a shorter article PLUS a more detailed pdf article.
Gerard points out that we need to show the harmful effects of homosexual 'marriage' on everyone - what it does to marriage immediately, to all, and what the effects are - that is the immediate ramifications.
In his longer article, Gerard discusses the questions asked in the flawed Crosby-Textor poll...
One article about the poll in The Australian
said, "Seventy-eight percent agreed "if it doesn't hurt anyone else, gay couples should be able to what makes them happy, including marry". That shows the bias of the questions!
Gerard points out ..
"The question asked reveals a logical fallacy, that of begging the question, assuming the response in the question - "if it doesn't hurt anyone else". This is borne out by the fact that this expression is used by Rodney Croome, AME national director, where the "if" has morphed into a fact, as he is quoted in the SAME article as saying, "Given no one is hurt by this reform, it should be passed."
Gerard then asks, "Doesn't it hurt anyone? This has been a key problem with this debate so far: The arguments on this point are passed over and neglected but they are absolutely crucial." He then goes on to outline the 'harms' in point form (see longer article, Page 10).
In addition, Gerard points out that, "I don’t think that Patricia Karvelas of The Australian realises the great service she has done our side. In her article, she states “Seventy-eight percent agreed “if it doesn’t hurt anyone else, gay couples should be able to do what makes them happy, including marry.”” The question is really framed so that for a person to disagree they must want to make some people unhappy. This is sly. ‘Marriage’ is only added at the end, but the question is about happiness in general and generally people do not want to cause unhappiness. The question is not about attitudes towards marriage, but something different, yet it is exploited to create an impression about ‘support’ for HSM other than what the thrust of the question was."
This provides even more evidence about the 'bias' in the Crosby-Textor/AME opinion poll questions!
by Gerard Calilhanna, News Weekl
y, August 2, 2014
A longer, fully-referenced version of the following article appears in the attached PDF file
PLEASE WRITE to MPs and Senators, especially your own.
- REQUEST that they SUPPORT marriage remaining between a man and a woman and REJECT homosexual 'marriage'.
- REQUEST, if they are in the Coalition, that the Coalition continue to SUPPORT the policy of marriage being between a man and a woman.
- ASK Coalition MPs to ensure that the Coalition NOT move to a 'conscience vote for MPs on this issue.
Spread the word please!