In the lead-up to the election, the subject of same-sex 'marriage' is continuing to be a key issue. At the debate at the Peoples Forum at the Broncos Leagues Club, Tony Abbott said he “supports the traditional idea of marriage 'between a man and a woman'." (Source here).
We are thankful that Mr Abbott made a more forthright statement during this second debate than the one he made in the first debate.
Meanwhile, the homosexual lobby is HARD AT WORK, lobbying MPs to support same-sex 'marriage'. And the LABOR Party is actively campaigning on the issue as well...
1. Activist groups - campaigning to get Parties and candidates on their side
Homosexual activist group Australian Marriage Equality is pushing political parties, especially the Coalition, to grant MPs a 'conscience vote' on the issue. They put out a Media Release on the decision by the Palmer United Party (PUP) to allow a conscience vote:
The PUP statement is here - the AME Media Release is here.
When Bob Katter was asked this week how he would approach the issue, he said that two Katter's Australian Party Senate candidates (James Blundell in QLD and Steven Bailey in the ACT), who both support same-sex 'marriage', had spoken out ''courageously'' and had the right to argue their case - even though the Party Principles (No 18) support marriage being between a man and a woman. (Source)
AME immediately issued another media release claiming another victory.
Campaigning against candidates - Teresa Gambaro succumbs
AME is also campaigning against candidates to get them to SUPPORT the changing of the Marriage Act. In Brisbane, AME campaigned against Teresa Gambaro, a Liberal MP who has a VERY slim margin of 1.1 % (as we reported recently).
AME's media release on 8 August reported that she was 'side-stepping' the question about her position on same-sex 'marriage'. An AAP report said Teresa noted that she took a 'poll' in her electorate and stated, "I represent a very diverse seat and I have a large number of families, suburban areas, and I am taking soundings from all of my constituents. It's just not made up of the inner city and can I tell you there are differing views."
Then AME distributed nearly 70,000 leaflets in her electorate on 17-18 August.
BY 22 August, just two weeks later, and just days after the leaflet distribution, and a large rally, Teresa Gambaro had succumbed to the pressure and CHANGED her mind!
She released a STATEMENT explaining her new position of 'support' for same-sex 'marriage' - and told a FORUM in her Brisbane electorate that she now SUPPORTS it. Teresa now says she will vote for same-sex ‘marriage’ if the Coalition is allowed to have a conscience vote on the issue (Source).
In addition, she says she will lobby Tony Abbott to grant a conscience vote for Coalition MPs.
So much for freedom of conscience!
AME immediately issued another Media Release, congratulating her!
And a second one outlining her commitment to lobby Tony Abbott.
Now AME is targeting more marginal seats - 3 Liberal, one Labor
"Over the next two weekends AME will distribute leaflets similar to the Brisbane leaflet in the seats of North Sydney, Curtin, Wills and Sturt calling on their respective sitting members, Joe Hockey, Julie Bishop, Kelvin Thompson [Labor] and Christopher Pyne to support marriage equality."
We need to ENCOURAGE these MPs to stand firm and support marriage being between a man and a woman. For the Liberal MPs, we need to ask them to have a firm Coalition policy and not a conscience vote on the issue.
See below for email addresses to contact these MPs.
2. Labor activism on same-sex 'marriage'. . .
Labor is supposed to be promoting a ‘conscience vote’ for MPs on the same-sex ‘marriage’ issue. However, they are increasingly PROMOTING the issue. Labor's actual PLATFORM (decided at their December 2011 National Conference) supports same-sex 'marriage' but allows a conscience vote for MPs. (See Platform No 126, and also Rules - P 262, No 9.)
We’ve already reported on Kevin Rudd’s video promoting same-sex ‘marriage’. Labor has set up a special website called 'It's time for marriage equality' which includes a new video from Labor - click here.
Now Labor has set up a Facebook page ‘Labor for Marriage Equality’.
Rainbow Labor is running a campaign calling for Labor MPs and candidates to be photographed holding a ‘Labor for marriage equality’ sign and sharing it on social media (see their campaign). The photos are being posted on the Facebook page.
Now Labor is promoting ‘marriage equality’ T-shirts – available in return for a ‘Donation’!
This is aimed at fundraising – and influencing voters.
Of course, the WEARING of the T-shirts will also put more pressure on Labor MPs to support the ‘cause’.
Surely if it REALLY is a conscience vote, they should present both sides – or preferably, not ‘present a side’ but allow MPs to make up their own mind!
Or is it really about pushing the issue to persuade MPs to ‘change’ their conscience?
The ‘marriage equality’ group and the Greens are NOT happy that Labor is USING the issue to raise funds!
Article: Labor 'using' gay marriage to raise campaign funds, Australian, 23/8/2013.
On the weekend, Labor launched a major initiative with letterboxed leaflets, online video and celebrity endorsements all aimed at the legalisation of same-sex 'marriage'.
Read about their campaign here.
Get Up campaigning on same-sex 'marriage
As you might expect, the left-leaning political activist group GetUp! is also campaigning on this issue -click here.
1. We need to contact ALL our candidates (MPs, Senators and candidates) to see where they stand on this vital issue.
For ALL candidate details, see the AEC website - click here.
Names, phone numbers and email addresses are provided.
2. PLEASE contact these Liberal MPs who are being targeted by the Australian Marriage Equality group.
Encourage them to stand firm and support marriage being between a man and a woman - and opposing same-sex 'marriage.
Also encourage them to get the Coalition to have a firm policy on this issue and oppose the granting of a conscience vote.
Joe Hockey - North Sydney, NSW -
Julie Bishop - Curtin, WA -
Christopher Pyne - Sturt, SA -
3. Labor Member Kelvin Thomson (Wills, Vic) is also being targeted.
Ask him to continue supporting marriage being between a man and a woman - and ask him to continue opposing same-sex 'marriage' and resist the pressure from AME!