Young Libs push for conscience vote on marriage equality
The Caulfield Young Liberals have entered the same-sex marriage debate suggesting Prime Minister Tony Abbott must grant a conscience vote on marriage equality if the party is to remain a ‘shining light for individualism’.
The Caulfield Young Liberals made a motion at the Liberal State Council on the weekend that calls on the Liberal Party to grant MPs a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.
The motion proclaimed;
"The Liberal Party has historically been the shining light for individualism and personal choice in Australian society. If we are to stay true to these values then, when there are divergent views on issues of morality and complex ethical questions, issues that can only be determined by personal conscience, we must grant a conscience vote."
The last time same-sex marriage was voted on in federal parliament was in September 2012. At the time, the then opposition leader Tony Abbott did not allow his members a conscience vote – saying the issue was party policy.