BRAND MHR Madeleine King said she would like to vote for Brand and Canning, after Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said today that he would be abstaining from the yes vote.
Mr Hastie said he would not vote on same-sex marriage legislation after the results of the postal plebiscite were announced.
In response to Mr Hastie, Ms King tweeted – if I could, I would vote yes twice in Parliament, once for Brand (67 per cent yes) and once for Canning (60 per cent yes).
Mr Hastie said it is his intention to abstain because he cannot vote against his conscience.
“The outcome of the legislative change is assured, my abstention will not obstruct the passage of Same Sex Marriage,” he said.
Mr Hastie said he intended to vote for subsequent amendments to the Marriage Act to protect people who believed marriage was between a man and a woman.
“Freedom of religion, conscience and expression are foundational to our democratic tradition,’’ he said.
“Those with conscientious objections should enjoy the same protection as people who support same sex marriage.
“This change in the law should not compromise the freedom of 4.87 million Australians who voted No.
“That is why I will fight to have strong legislative protections for individuals and organisations.”
Mr Hastie said his particular concern was the freedom of parents and faith-based schools to raise and educate children in accordance with their religious and moral convictions.
“It is my hope my Coalition colleagues share the same commitment to securing the freedoms of conscience, expression, religion and parental right for all Australians,’’ he said.
Many people in the electorate of Canning have expressed their displeasure at his stance.
WA. A progressive state. 🏳️🌈❤️🙏 https://t.co/EdsnUwREmF
— Madeleine King (@MadeleineMHKing) November 15, 2017