“I have always said that as a Federal Member of Parliament, I would always respect the majority view within my electorate in determining my position on this issue in the Parliament, regardless of my own personal views on the religious definition of marriage.”
Federal member for Lyne Dr Gillespie is responding to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey results, which saw the majority of Australians vote in favour of changing the marriage law to allow same-sex marriage.
“In the electorate of Lyne, I was pleased to see 81.3 per cent of eligible voters responded to the survey – above the national participation rate of 79.5 per cent.
“In the Lyne electorate, 92,955 people voted with 51,416 or 55.3 per cent voting yes and 41,539 or 44.7 per cent voting no.
“This compares to the 61.6 per cent who voted yes and 38.4 per cent who voted no at the national level.”
Dr Gillespie said the Australian Government honoured its election commitment to allow the Australian people to have a say on whether the Marriage Act should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry.
Today, November 15, The Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed the results of a nationwide survey to gauge the views of Australians on this issue.
“I look forward to now dealing with the legislation that facilitates the will of our electorate and the Australian people with the religious protections that have been committed to throughout the debate leading up to the completion of this survey,” said Dr Gillespie.