Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 28 Apr 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, according to the NSW Council of Churches.
“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,” Council President Dr Ross Clifford said.
“We need conviction politicians at all levels of politics 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 Christians 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. He said a change in Coalition policy on marriage would be contrary to our Australian culture and heritage.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.