There was widespread expectation that this morning’s Liberal party room meeting would debate the Liberal policy of upholding marriage as a man-woman union. It didn’t happen.
Last week, some Liberal MPs had been busy telling the media that with Senator Leyonhjelm’s so-called Freedom to Marry Bill due for debate on Thursday, they “had the numbers” for a party vote abolishing current Liberal policy supporting true man-woman marriage.
Such a change would allow Liberal MPs to vote any way they liked on the issue. Liberal backbenchers already have this right in theory, even though very few choose to cross the floor in defiance of their colleagues.
So why did no Liberal MP even raise the issue of same-sex “marriage” in this morning’s party meeting?
A key reason seems to be the many thousands of emails sent in the past few days by grass-roots Aussie mums and dads, urging their Liberal MPs and senators to stick with the time-honoured, man-woman meaning marriage has always had. The federal government would likely lose rather than gain votes if it abandons this fundamental policy.
Senator Leyonhjelm’s Freedom to Marry Bill is still listed for debate on Thursday, but he says there will be no vote.
His bill is misnamed. All Australian adults already have the freedom to marry, as long as they follow the rules.
Those rules say the marriage union must be: one man and one woman, not closely related; voluntary; exclusive; intended for life.
They are good rules. They are also God’s rules. As Jesus said: “In the beginning the Creator made them male and female, saying: For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife and the two will become one.” (Matthew 19: 4-5)
- Marriage and sexuality