Senator Leyonhjelm stalls same-sex marriage bill
Liberal Democrat Senator David Leyonhjelm has put his same-sex marriage bill on hold. The Senator was due to introduce his bill to the Senate this week.
Leyonhjelm has decided to hold back on presenting his bill to Parliament after marriage equality supporters from both parties pleaded with him to delay the bill as the timing was “wrong’.
Leyonhjelm told The Australian he had been advised there would be a better time to introduce the bill to the Senate if he wanted it to pass.
“I’ve had advice that there will be a better time for it coming up, so because I’m new, I’m taking that advice,” he told The Australian.
“Both sides of politics have suggested to me that timing this week is not optimum at the moment and if I want to win, rather than just do something symbolic, I need to wait. I’m not interested in symbolism — I want to win.
“Because I’m new, I need to accept that advice and I will delay it until the timing is better. It will be a matter of weeks or months, not years.”
Marriage equality advocates believe the best way to ensure the success of the Bill would be if the Liberal Party were allowed a conscience vote.