‘MPs won’t jump on same-sex bandwagon’

Two recent editorials in The Australian have underscored the widespread public concern for marriage remaining the union of a man and a woman.

In The Weekend Australian, chief editor Paul Kelly wrote that, "The mounting evidence is that the Greens-led "bandwagon" strategy to introduce same-sex marriage backed by wide sections of the Labor Party has provoked strong resistance and is unlikely to prevail in the current parliament".

This follows the reporting back in Parliament by MPs with their constituent's views on marriage. A majority of MPs who reported said their electorates favoured marriage remaining the union of a man and a woman.

The Australian responded to the parliamentary reporting by editoralising that the "Same-sex marriage debate must not be shut down":

"Australia needs to "have the conversation" that the proponents of social change are urging upon us, but such proponents should not dictate who speaks and what they should or should not be allowed to say."

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