|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.
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.