Same Sex marriage
Posted on Thursday, 16 November, 2017
Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey is pleased there has
been a definitive result in the same sex marriage survey. Mr Ramsey said the process was embraced by
Australians with almost 80 percent of eligible voters expressing their view.
“The process was conducted in a very respectful way with
little of the vitriol and hatred some were predicting. It has been a civilised
way for the nation to address what has been a divisive issue”, Mr Ramsey said.
“The Australian public has voted to change the law
regarding same sex marriage as have the State of South Australia and the
electorate of Grey.”
result in Grey was about 8% lower than the State average however, my
constituents nonetheless have voted in favour of change and while I personally
voted against same sex marriage, I will support the legislation in the
Parliament. After all, we cannot
ask the people what they think and then ignore their wishes, we are duty bound
“Some people have complained
about the cost of the survey, however it was a commitment we took to the last
election and acceptance by all in the community would have been much lower without
the opportunity for them to have a direct say.
“It was unclear how the electorate
of Grey wished me to vote on this issue and while many will be disappointed
with the result I will accept the vote of the majority.”
Mr Ramsey said while the result is clear, there will be
an intensive couple of weeks as the Parliament debates the best way to ensure
others are not disadvantaged by the change.
“While I will be voting in support of same sex marriage
in the Parliament, I will do my best to ensure any changes do not impact
negatively on institutions, organisations and individuals,” he said.
“Of particular importance will be ensuring safeguards are
in place in relation to Independent and Christian schools which could compel
them to teach positions contrary to their doctrine,” he said.
“I am looking forward to the next two weeks of Parliament
in which we will make every effort to act on the wishes of the Australian
people before Christmas.
Leonie Lloyd-Smith 08 8633 1744
November 15 2017