One of the most controversial matters to come before Parliament was Louisa Wall’s Marriage Equity Bill.  Over 22,000 submissions were received by the select committee. MPs also got more than 10,000 emails each.

I voted against the Bill in its current form and for a referendum to be held at the next election.

I believe if a couple of any orientation wants a permanent relationship that is a good thing.  There is a need to clarify such relationships internationally.  The best way to do that was to require all couples seeking permanent status to be legally recognised by a civil union then it is up to them to seek whatever marriage they desire. This was deemed outside of the scope of the Bill.

I secured protection for any clergy or celebrant to refuse being forced to conduct a marriage ceremony they did to wish to.