“Senator Leyonhjelm’s bill to change the time-honoured meaning of marriage will not come to a vote this year – and the Coalition party room should not change its marriage policy,” FamilyVoice research officer Ros Phillips said today.
“Coalition senators and MHRs would do well to read the recent ruling by US Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit on this issue.”
The judges said that while those wanting to redefine marriage argue that marriage is about two people loving each other, in reality governments don’t regulate love – it is not mentioned in our marriage laws. Rather, they said, governments “regulate sex, most especially the intended and unintended effects of male-female intercourse”.
The judges also said: “It is not society’s laws, or for that matter any one religion’s laws, but nature’s laws (that men and women complement each other biologically), that created the (marriage) policy imperative.”
They also noted the “benefits of thousands of years of adherence to the traditional definition of marriage”.
“Coalition MPs should remember the drubbing voters gave the UK Conservative Party in recent by-elections where the UKIP party – which won only 2% of the vote ten years ago – won a majority of the votes this year,” Ros Phillips said.
“A key factor in the rise of UKIP has been their support for retaining the man-woman meaning of marriage – the only significant party to do so.
“Opinion polls do not reveal whether respondents feel strongly enough about ‘gay marriage’ to change their vote. The UK experience shows that those who feel most strongly are those who want to keep marriage the way it has been for millennia in every culture.
“These people have formed the backbone of the Liberal/National parties, as well as traditional Labor supporters. The Coalition should learn the UKIP lesson!”
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