So here you have the government’s position on same-sex marriage from two of its most senior ministers.
It was summed up by Gollum in the Lord of the Rings:
“Sneaky little hobbitses. Wicked, tricksy, false!”
Two of Malcolm Turnbull’s most senior ministers have refused to say how they would vote in Parliament if the government’s plebiscite on same-sex marriage is passed.
Scott Morrison was interviewed on 7.30 by Leigh Sales. Morrison is a Pentecostal Christian and deeply opposed to same-sex marriage.
Scott Morrison will wrestle with his conscience on same-sex marriage
It is a matter of faith for him and he’s probably one of those politicians who puts his faith above the wishes of the electorate.
Expect some St Thomas More moments if the plebiscite is ever 1) held or 2) passed. Thomas More famously opposed Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn and lost his head as a result.
Han Holbein the Younger “Sir Thomas More”
“My view is, if the plebiscite is carried nationally, then the legislation should pass,” Mr Morrison said.
Echoing Mr Morrison, Ms Bishop said she would “respect the outcome. That will depend on the plebiscite vote overall, how it is broken down and what it looks like state by state, electorate by electorate and then, of course, it will depend what the legislation looks like,” she said.
Julie Bishop considers a Yes vote in the same-sex marriage plebiscite.
“I would take my electorate’s view into account, but I would also take into account how the plebiscite played out across Australia because, for example, a referendum gets up if it is a majority of states, majority of people in the majority of states.”
So we haven’t had the election yet and the senior members of the Liberal party are already finding excuses for not supporting the Yes vote.
But this is nothing to the shenanigans that will take place when it comes to wording the actual questions on the voting paper. Remember the way John Howard worded the vote for the Republic. The options were such that no one who wanted a republic would possibly have voted for the Yes option.
So expect a ballot paper something like this: