Labor MLC in the Parliament of New South Wales, Greg Donnelly has urged all Labor Party members and supporters, who have not voted yet and do not want a change to our Australian marriage laws, to get their survey forms this weekend, place a tick or a cross in the “NO” box, and mail it off.

“Time is fast running out for people to vote in this very important survey.

“Labor Party members and supporters from across Australia, who want to protect the current definition of marriage in the Marriage Act 1961, have to get their completed survey forms mailed off to the Australian Bureau of Statistics by Friday, 27th October 2017 at the latest to make sure it counts.

“Nobody who is a Labor Party member or supporter should feel embarrassed or ashamed in voting “NO”.

“I, like many ALP members and supporters, believe that marriage has four key aspects that makes it the bedrock relationship that it is; the cornerstone of family life across cultures and down the ages. It’s entered into by consent, it’s exclusive, it’s a permanent commitment for life and it involves one man and one woman”, said Greg Donnelly.

“The trials of life mean that not all marriages stay the course. We also know that some spouses are unfaithful. The point is, we do not seek to break the elemental parts that make up marriage to suit ourselves.

“There is nothing wrong at all in wanting to keep marriage the way it is – between a man and a woman. Saying no to same-sex marriage does not make you homophobic, a bigot or a hater. It means that you happen to hold the perfectly reasonable view that marriage has four core elements that make it what it is and that is what you believe.

“The ALP, which can trace its roots back to the late 19th century, has been a broad based political party that has acknowledged and accommodated differing views on important policy matters”, Greg Donnelly said.

“I know many ALP members and supporters who believe that the current definition of marriage should be preserved.

“Furthermore, these very same people have been expressing, to those who have been willing to listen, serious and legitimate concerns about the impact of changing the definition of marriage on what our kids are taught at school regarding sexuality and gender, freedom of religion and the rights of individuals, at both work and elsewhere, to speak and act according to their conscience.


“These are most serious matters that are being raised in good faith and it is disrespectful, as some have done, to dismiss these concerns out of hand”, Greg Donnelly said.

“For those ALP members and supporters who support our current definition of marriage and who have been putting off returning their postal survey, I say get on and do it before it is too late.

“Participating in the Marriage Law Postal Survey and voting “NO” is what needs to be done now before time runs out. You should also encourage your friends to do the same.

“The clock is ticking down so I encourage everyone to get on with the job and vote “NO” in the postal survey and mail it off in the reply paid envelope. And don’t forget to encourage your friends to do the same”, said Greg Donnelly.

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