MOORE MHR Ian Goodenough has described a mock same-sex marriage form – which asks readers to vote on whether he is a “weird virgin” – as an example of how “personal” and “nasty” the debate has become.
The form, claiming to be from the “Australian Bureau of Awful MP’s (sic)”, was reportedly left in local letterboxes.
Mr Goodenough had not seen it until Community News sent him an image (below) of one, which was posted to major discussion website Reddit today.
He said “it is an example that the same sex marriage debate has got very personal, abusive, and nasty at times”.
Same-sex marriage supporters have been critical of Mr Goodenough after he posted a Facebook picture of himself sending a ‘no’ vote earlier in the year.
“The issue is a very divisive one, and I am comfortable with my stated position of supporting the existing definition of marriage as it stands,” he said.
“Thankfully, whilst I have been on the receiving end of some abuse, the occurrences have not been too frequent.”
Reddit user jimjup1, who posted the image of the mock survey, said everyone in his parents’ street in Kallaroo had received one in their mail box.
He said a friend in Hillarys had also got one.
Both are suburbs in Mr Goodenough’s Division of Moore.
“The back of the paper had the same looking envelope as the ABS survey one,” he said.
The post was ranking at the top of Perth-related Reddit stories, with most of the more than 100 comments supporting the form’s angle.
Community News asked Mr Goodenough if he thought his negative stance on same-sex marriage had hurt his standing in the electorate.
He said he believed his stance was “a fairly commonly held view” in his “suburban electorate” and that “many mainstream families” would share his view.
“I acknowledge that pending tomorrow’s result there may be a sizeable number of electors who have an alternative view, however I’m comfortable with expressing that I stand for traditional family values,” he said.
He said if the ‘yes’ vote won tomorrow, he would support legislation that honoured that result, but only if it also protected “the rights, freedoms, and liberties of a significant proportion of the population to dissent, express contrary views, and abstain from involvement with same sex marriage”.