CANBERRA — Australian voters have provided a mandate for same-sex marriage, with 61.6 percent of respondents voting ‘yes’ in the postal survey.
Now the attention entirely shifts to federal parliament and whether the result will be supported or ignored.
.@TonyAbbottMHR 84% of electors in your seat of Warringah voted in the marriage equality survey, and 75% voted yes #marriageequality
— AU Marriage Equality (@AMEquality) November 15, 2017
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on Wednesday repeated his vow that a free, or conscience, vote based on private members bill should be held before the end of the year.
There is still no clarity on which bill – one from Dean Smith, one from James Paterson and possibly yet another – will be the one that is ultimately voted on.
But what do we know already about the intention of politicians who will be ultimately now exercising their conscience on marriage?
Here’s what we know so far.
Politicians who are going to vote with the electorate over the national vote
Liberal MP Eric Abetz – “The decision by the Australian people reflected in the postal survey is a decision that I regret but respect,” he said in a statement upon hearing the ‘yes’ vote.
He stated on August 8, “I will be guided by the electors of Tasmania who have put their faith in me to represent them.”
However, he remains concerned about the issue of religious freedoms and must be satisfied that greater protections are added to any bill.
Tasmania has returned a ‘yes vote of 63.6 percent.
Liberal MP Craig Kelly – The Liberal member for Hughes stated on his Facebook page that he will vote with his electorate and was expecting a ‘no’ vote returned.
And Craig Kelly expects his electorate of Hughes will vote “no” for same-sex marriage. https://t.co/E9LNmGD3Sv
— Karen Barlow (@KJBar) September 7, 2017
Hughes has returned a 58.4 percent ‘yes’ vote. He has subsequently told the ABC he will vote for marriage equality.
LNP member David Littleproud – 26/09/2016 Well, obviously if there is a plebiscite and the people of Maranoa direct me to vote ‘No’, then I will vote ‘No’. If they direct me to vote ‘Yes’, I’ll vote ‘Yes’,” he told the ABC in September 2016.
Maranoa returned a ‘yes” vote on 43.9 percent.
Veteran Affairs Minister Dan Tehan – Told HuffPost Australia on the September 7 that he will be voting with his electorate.
Wannon returned a ‘yes’ vote of 612 …read more
Source:: The Huffington Post – Australia