As many of my constituents have asked me about the SSM plebiscite issue I have posted this blog. http://t.co/SLQjxb8WWj
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) August 16, 2015
The definition of marriage and the manner in which same sex unions are recognised are very important issues and they deserve to be considered calmly and thoughtfully.
My own view for what it is worth is that it would be better if same sex marriage were not a contentious issue at the next election – there are sincere, conscientious differences of opinion throughout the community and on both sides of the political divide and issues like this are better dealt with outside of the frenzied hurly burly of an election campaign.
An election campaign is about 35 days – I would rather spend every single one of them talking about economic management, how we ensure Australia’s prosperity, how our free trade agreements will drive prosperity, how we are promoting innovation, technology and science and so on.
Important though the matter is, every day talking about same sex marriage will distract from the Coalition’s core messages.
Mr Abbott and his right wing liberals broke the heart of the nation. They are holding Australia back. It should not be the case in our country that people should not be allowed to be treated as a second class citizen, merely because of who they love. We are a better country.
And If Mr Abbott does not understand, that ordinary Australians, real people with families – we just want all Australians to be free of discrimination, to be able to marry who they want….our laws fail us if we do not allow marriage equality.
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