19 April 2013
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott should not be swayed by pressure from lobbyists and State Premiers to allow a conscience vote on same sex marriage, the President of the NSW Council of Churches, the Reverend Dr Ross Clifford, said today.
“In view of calls by at least two State Premiers for a change in federal Liberal Party policy in support of same sex marriage and to allow a conscience vote, it is vital that Mr Abbott and other senior political leaders maintain party policy and ensure a clear choice on this issue for voters at the federal election in September,” Dr Clifford said.
“We need conviction politicians at all levels of politics who are willing to take an uncompromising stand on social issues and who have the integrity to clarify their personal positions before the federal election. Voters deserve to know what their politicians stand for when they vote.”
Dr Clifford called on church leaders and church members to contact their local federal members and senators to clarify whether they now supported federal same sex marriage laws, and how they would vote if allowed a conscience vote.
“A change in Coalition policy on marriage would be contrary to our Australian culture and heritage, as the Prime Minister has consistently pointed out. It is imperative that federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott remain firm in his support for the current definition of marriage in federal law, and allow the Australian people to decide on September 14 what kind of society they want for their children and grandchildren,” he said.
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