The Australian People Should Have a Say on Marriage

The Coalition made it an election promise and the Labor Party want to do everything in their power to break it. You have to wonder why?

On The Bolt Report last night, host, Andrew Bolt revealed:

"Labor now says its research suggests the Plebiscite will actually fail. The public doesn’t want same-sex marriage. So, Labor does not want that public… which is you… to have your say.''

Bill Shorten now claims the cost of a plebiscite has just gone up from $160 million to $250 million but is yet to reveal how he reached the highly inflated figure.

A new video released by FamilyVoice Australia features former homosexual activist James Parker sharing why man-woman marriage is good for our society...

Parliament has rejected 18 gay ‘marriage’ private member’s bills over the last 12 years since a bipartisan vote in Parliament in 2004 defined marriage as between a man and a woman. Parliament has done its job, but gay ‘marriage’ advocates simply won’t take No for an answer. They continue to waste valuable time in Parliament by coming back with new bills.  This strategy has been described a “legislation by fatigue.”

We need a circuit-breaker. A national plebiscite. A vote by the people would have to be respected, whatever the result. It's the only mechanism that can provide a valid, lasting decision on same sex marriage. Furthermore, 70% of Australians support giving the people a say. The vast majority are sick and tired of the issue and want it to go away.

The legal constitution of our country can only be changed by a referendum. Similarly, although not legally required, the definition of marriage and the nature of family, which is the foundation of our nation’s social constitution, should be changed only by the vote of the people.

The actual cost of approximately $160 million is the price of democracy. To put this into perspective, it's equivalent to just a few days of interest on the national debt.

Criticism of the cost is misplaced, given its major benefit of resolving the issue in a way that will maximise the chance of ongoing social cohesion. Whatever the decision, the people will own it and won't feel like it's been forced on them.

Claims that MPs would not be bound to vote accordingly are disingenuous. While no doubt some MPs would exercise their conscience to abstain on a Bill to legalise same-sex marriage if the plebiscite result was in favour, there would be very few MPs who would vote against it if that were the case and legislation to change the Marriage Act would be easily passed by Parliament.

Claims of “hate” speech are just a scare tactic by those desperate to avoid giving the people their say. Australians are a tolerant and sensible and would not support name-calling by either side of this debate.

To oppose giving Australians a say on deciding this issue is elitist and anti-democratic.

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