The Australian Family Association has issued a press release stating that the LNP’s Dr Bill Glasson lost the Griffith by-election due to his support for homosexual marriage. It certainly has merit and I have republished it in full below.
There can be no doubt that Dr Glasson’s decision to adopt the same radical social policies as his Labor competitors reduced his appeal among conservative voters. Even in an urban seat like Griffith this would have cost Glasson votes – potentially enough to cost him victory. He might feel a little miffed, but I and many others disagree. It’s great news whenever pro-homosexual marriage Liberal candidates are given the flick by the electorate. Wyatt Roy and Teresa Gambaro should take note.
The LNP should remember that conservative candidates who adopt pro-homosexual marriage positions in inner seats rarely win, but their radical shift on traditional conservative values endangers support in the LNP’s heartland and reduces confidence in the party. Polling shows that the majority of LNP voters do not support changing the definition of marriage. As can be seen from the ABC’s Vote Compass data, the vast majority of LNP voters do not support homosexual marriage.
The Liberal/National coalition is playing with fire by moving towards a policy cherished by the far left.
The Australian Family Association’s press release is attached below.
Glasson’s ill-advised support for gay marriage cost him Griffith win
The Coalition lost its chance to claim Griffith on Saturday because LNP’s Bill Glasson maintained his ill-advised support for ‘gay marriage’, according to the Australian Family Association.
Michael Ord, AFA national vice-president, said, “Glasson’s pledge just before the election last year to impose a re-definition of marriage on Australians aligned him with the government’s rainbow rights MPs such as Malcolm Turnbull, Teresa Gambaro and Warren Entsch.
“If Glasson had been a moderate candidate who strongly supported Commonwealth marriage law, Labor would have lost the seat,” Mr Ord said.
“Traditional LNP voters who support the family felt disenfranchised and many directed their vote to Labor instead, while traditional Labor voters who support the family had no incentive to change, as there was no difference between the candidates of the two major parties on this crucial issue.
“Last September, I personally had to dump 45,000 letterbox leaflets that were designed to attack Rudd’s radical federal election plan to introduce homosexual marriage laws, after Glasson announced in August he was just as radical as Rudd on the issue,” said Mr Ord.
“The notion put forward by the gay lobby, that parents don’t object to homosexuality being taught to their children in PE classes at school, is ridiculous,” said Mr Ord.
“Homosexuality is rare and if the Coalition thinks this is a vote winner then they will learn the hard way. Just look to the UK where the two key policies of UKIP (leaving the European Union and keeping traditional marriage) have boosted their polling to equal the polling of the other major parties.
The AFA believes that a leaflet like the one below could have secured a victory for a pro-marriage LNP candidate in Griffith as it did in the seats of Petrie and Capricornia last September.
The 45,000 leaflets that were binned (pictured below) after Bill Glasson broke strict party rules before the last general election and announced he opposed party policy.