In the 2016 election the Coalition took to the Australian people a clear commitment to give them their say on the question of whether or not to change the Marriage Act to allow same sex marriage. We are honouring that promise.
Islamic and ethnic groups are sounding warnings about the consequences of same-sex marriage in Australia, questioning whether parents will retain the freedom to promote the traditional definition of marriage to their children.
There's no doubt that central to the concept of family is a definition of marriage involving a man and a woman for the purpose of procreation. With only minor exceptions over some hundreds of years and across all the major religions, this is how marriage has been, and continues to be, defined.