Politicians from across the conservative spectrum have championed the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ votes for same-sex marriage in an attempt to rally Queenslanders to their cause in the national postal survey.
Federal Attorney-General George Brandis and Brisbane MP Trevor Evans kicked off the Libs and Nats for Yes campaign on Friday morning, urging conservative party members to vote in favour of reforming Australia’s marriage act.
“We … want to say to particularly conservative Australians, Australians who vote for the Liberal Party, the National Party and the LNP, that they should have no fears about voting ‘yes’,” Mr Brandis told reporters in Brisbane.
“There is one very simple question about which the judgment of the Australian people is being sought, and that is, ‘should the law be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry?'”
A yes result would see a private member’s bill put to the parliament by the end of the year.
Mr Brandis also hit out at Labor for failing to act on same-sex marriage while in office and urged both sides of the debate to acknowledge people’s right to disagree.
Meanwhile, Queensland MP Bob Katter, ACT senator Zed Seselja and leading ‘no’ campaigner in the Irish vote, Keith Mills, took to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre podium on Friday night to focus on the flow-on effects of redefining marriage.
In front of an estimated 400 people who appeared in support of the Coalition for Marriage, the group at the centre of the campaign headed by Australian Christian Lobby chief Lyle Shelton, the “warriors” claimed allowing same-sex marriage was the first step towards the breakdown of traditional society.
“People say there are no consequences … but of course there are consequences,” Mr Mills said.
“Marriage is at the root of the family, the family is at the root of society (and) once you tinker with marriage you tinker with the full infrastructure of society.
“Redefining marriage is opening a drawer that doesn’t need to be opened.”
The results of the voluntary postal survey on same-sex marriage are due on November 15.