FamilyVoice Australia thanks the Liberal Party for honouring its election commitment to hold a plebiscite on same-sex marriage and now calls on the Senate to enact the plebiscite.

“Parliament has already voted against same-sex marriage in 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015[1] but the gay lobby refuses to accept the results. A plebiscite would allow all Australians to have their say in a private ballot, free from the bullying tactics of rainbow activists. It is the best – perhaps the only – way to resolve this divisive issue,” said FamilyVoice National Director, Ashley Saunders. 

“We are repeatedly told that public opinion favours same-sex marriage. If that is the case, same-sex marriage advocates have nothing to fear from a plebiscite. If public opinion does not favour same-sex marriage then parliament should not impose a contentious social change on Australian society. Same-sex marriage advocates cannot have it both ways. The Senate should now pave the way for a plebiscite.”

Since the intent of a plebiscite is to provide a definitive answer on the public’s view of same-sex marriage, FamilyVoice Australia argues that voting in it should be compulsory and equal funding and airtime should be mandated for each side of the argument.

Mr Saunders added, “Dean Smith’s private members’ bill on same-sex marriage should now be set aside. Mr Smith belongs to a political party that made a key election commitment to hold a plebiscite on the issue. He should cease pursuing his own agenda, show loyalty to the party that helped elect him, and support the plebiscite.”