|Thursday, 20 September 2012 11:34|
The federal House of Representatives has overwhelmingly defeated the Bill put forward by ALP MP Stephen Jones that was aimed at legalising 'same-sex marriage'. The Bill was defeated by 98 votes to 42.
This is a great result - congratulations to all the MPs who voted against this Bill.
All Liberal and National Party MPs voted AGAINST the Bill - since the Coalition had taken a policy oipposing same-sex 'marriage' to the 2010 election, the party required MPs to vote against the Bill.
The Labor Party had a conscience vote:
26 Labor MPs voted AGAINST the Bill:
Dick Adams, Chris Bowen, David Bradbury, Tony Burke, Anthony Byrne, Yvette D'Ath, Craig Emerson, Joel Fitzgibbon, Julia Gillard, Chris Hayes, Ed Husic, Geoff Lyons, Robert McClelland, Daryl Melham, John Murphy, Shane Neumann, Deborah O'Neill, Julie Owens, Bernie Ripoll, Michelle Rowland, Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan, Mike Symon, Kelvin Thompson, Maria Vamvakinou, Tony Zappia.
7 Labor MPs were absent from the vote:
Anna Burke, Michael Danby, Laurie Ferguson, Martin Ferguson, Andrew Leigh, Rob Mitchell, Brendan O'Connor.
All the remaining Labor MPs and the Green Adam Bandt voted FOR the Bill.
Independent Rob Oakeshott voted FOR the Bill and Tony Windsor voted AGAINST the Bill.
Senator Cory Bernardi spoke strongly against the Bill - and talked of where the debate might go... he mentioned polygamy and then talked about bestiality - this was a 'step too far' for some; he was criticised by libertarian Liberals and others, and eventually resigned from his parliamentary secretary position.
However, this vote in the House of Representatives is just one part of the overall battle! There is a vote expected on a similar Bill in the Senate which has been put forward by several Labor Senators. That vote could occur today.
Then there are still two Greens Bills - one in the Senate from Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, and the other in the House from Greens' Adam Bandt (co-sponsored by Independent Andrew Wilkie). See more info on our Campaign page.
Already Warren Entsch, the Chief Opposition Whip, is saying he will introduce a 'Civil Union' Bill - this is a position advocated by Malcolm Turnbull as well... read media report.