Leyonhjelm won’t introduce Freedom to Marry Bill today
Senator David Leyonhjelm has told Sky News he won’t introduce his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate to parliament today as there is no point as long as Coalition party members do not have a free vote on the issue.
“I was going to bring on the debate today in the hopes that the Liberals would bring on a conscience vote on the decision. But that didn’t happen in their party room on Tuesday,” Leyonhjelm told Sky News.
Leyonhjelm said there is not a lot of point in “kicking off the debate when the Liberals still haven’t changed their position”.
“We know what the Greens think, we know what the Labor party thinks but we don’t know what the Liberal party thinks because they are stuck with this anti-policy they have had for donkey years. Until they review their conscience vote issue, there is not a lot of point in debating it.”
Leyonhjelm said his Freedom to Marry Bill differed to previous attempts to change the Marriage Act to allow for same-sex unions.
“I am presenting this as ‘freedom from the government’. I am not arguing this as an equality or anti-discrimination issue. I am a libertarian. I say if you don’t like same-sex marriage that’s fine – noone is forcing you to get married to someone of the same-sex, just that the government should not be able to stop you from doing so.”
Leyonhjelm added: “You don't have to approve of same-sex marriage, endorse it or recommend it – all you have to accept is, other people have a different view. And it’s not a matter for the government. And I am winning my argument bit by bit.”