Former PM Tony Abbott says it is not homophobic to maintain that, ideally, children should have both a mother and a father.

Former PM Tony Abbott says it is not homophobic to maintain that, ideally, children should have both a mother and a father.

“Yet I fear much moral bullying in the weeks to come — invariably from those demanding change,” he says.

“For me, voting no will not be a criticism of gay friends and family members; it won’t be an assertion that there’s only one right way to live your life or to express your love. Rather, it will be an affirmation that the things that matter should not lightly be changed and that marriage is different from other relationships.

“Ask yourself what is the most decent and respectful thing to do: is it to endorse this change that the gay lobby is stridently insisting on or is it to question whether a few years’ agitation should unmake a concept of marriage that has stood for many centuries and has always been regarded as the rock on which society is built?”

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