Federal member against same sex marriage
MARRIAGE should remain between man and woman, Federal Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott has said.
After the Daily News questioned the legal boundary of same sex nuptials last week, Mr Scott said he had made his position clear on the subject.
“I do not support the legalisation of marriage between two people of the same sex,” he said.
“My job is to be the voice of the people of Maranoa and if I polled the constituency and ran a survey it would be overwhelming; 95% plus.
“The people of Maranoa do not believe in allowing the legal definition of marriage between two same sex people. I believe it should be between a man and woman.”
Mr Scott said same sex couples had had their relationships recognised already, with a change in legislature in 2004.
“We removed any discrimination in the treatment of same sex couples in relation to superannuation or distribution of various states, so they could leave it to their partner,” he said.
“We defined the marriage act to ensure it was a union of man and woman to the exclusion of all others – that’s the definition of marriage we introduced into federal parliament when the debate came up in government.
“The foundation of our community is the family and marriage, and it should remain between man and woman.”
Despite being conservative about gay marriage, Mr Scott said he did not think ill of homosexual people.
“I’ve met some of these people and they’re wonderful people and come from wonderful families, and I understand that,” he said.
“But I could not bring myself to vote for legislation that would legalise marriage between two people of the same sex, nor would any of my people expect me to go the other way.
“My job is to represent the views of the majority in Maranoa and if it fell outside party policy, I would still vote against legalising it.”
Last Friday the Daily News spoke to two opposing sides for legalising gay marriage, including one businessman who said he’d go broke if people knew he was homosexual.
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