“The threat to marriage is not gay couples, it is a lack of loving commitment.”
Malcolm Turnbull has officially thrown his support behind the “yes” vote in the same-sex marriage debate.
The Prime Minister has addressed like-minded Liberals and Nationals in Sydney, where he said “families are the foundation of our society”.
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“If the threat to marriage today is lack of commitment, then surely other couples making and maintaining commitment sets a good, rather than a bad, example,” Mr Turnbull said.
“I am very firmly of the view, that families are the foundation of our society, and that we would be a stronger society if more people were married, and by that I mean, formally, legally married.”
He said the legislation had already been passed in many countries around the world.
“In any one of those nations, has the sky fallen in? Has traditional marriage been undermined?
“The answer is painly, no.”
“I’m utterly unpersuaded by the proposition that my marriage to Lucy, 38-years long next March, is undermined by two gay men or two gay women setting up home down the road. Whether they’re married or not.”