‘Save marriage’: Senior Liberal MP warns of polygamy
Senior Liberal MP Kevin Andrews has claimed the legalisation of same-sex marriage could lead to polygamy being recognised by the state while at the same time suggesting the breakdown of marriage is the biggest threat facing the Western world and the government must do more to promote the institution.
The Opposition Families spokesperson has made the comments in his new book Maybe ‘I do’: Modern marriage and the pursuit of happiness which has been released by publisher Connor Court.
In the book, the devout Catholic and married father-of-five also writes that same-sex marriage laws would unfairly impinge upon the relationships and marriages of other people.
“Once the state can no longer insist that marriage involves a commitment to a member of the opposite sex, there is no ground (other than superstition) for insisting that marriage be limited to one person rather than several,” Andrews writes.
“The state will be called upon also to create the social conditions to protect such unions. If the state can define marriage as something new and novel, it can define other arrangements. It can ‘educate’ people to accept this new arrangement, as has occurred in a series of cases in Canada.”
Though elsewhere in the book Andrews (pictured) argues for increased governmental and court involvement in promoting marriage – including making divorce more difficult as well as a national family and marriage policy affirming marriage as the best environment for raising children – the former Immigration Minister believes the state has no place in promoting marriage for LGBTI people.
“Redefining marriage ‘politicises’ the institution in a dangerous manner,” he writes.
“Freedoms, including religious freedom, subsequently come under attack. Even the understandings of 'mother' and 'father' are replaced by ‘parent 1’ and ‘parent 2’ or some similar language.”
The comments come only a few weeks after Opposition Leader Tony Abbott was forced to sack Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi as his parliamentary secretary after he suggested during debate in the Senate on a marriage equality bill in mid-September that same-sex marriage would lead to the community accepting bestiality.
Andrews’s book was launched in Melbourne today by right wing media identity Andrew Bolt at a function hosted by the conservative-aligned Institute of Public Affairs.