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How did Andrew Leigh vote on gay marriage?

By Masquara - 20 September 2012 77

I can’t find Andrew Leigh in the ABC’s list.

He wouldn’t have absented himself from the chamber, surely?

What’s Your opinion?


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How did Andrew Leigh vote on gay marriage?
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Tronno 9:56 am
20 Sep 12
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I believe, from his Twitter feed, his wife was giving birth. Seems a reasonable excuse to me.

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Holden Caulfield 10:01 am
20 Sep 12
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Tronno said :

I believe, from his Twitter feed, his wife was giving birth. Seems a reasonable excuse to me.

I heard it was human-staffy cross. Turns out Bernadi was right all along.

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ToastFliesRED 10:19 am
20 Sep 12
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Did he seek/was he given a pair I wonder

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LouiseMCrossman 10:35 am
20 Sep 12
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Hi guys, I work for Andrew and we have had lots of queries about this over the last day. Andrew’s wife gave birth to their third son Zachary Leigh yesterday afternoon. Pairs aren’t granted for conscience votes but Andrew would have voted yes if he’d been there.

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Mysteryman 10:41 am
20 Sep 12
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ToastFliesRED said :

Did he seek/was he given a pair I wonder

It would have mattered anyway. Everyone knew the bill was going to be rejected convincingly.

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schmeah 11:08 am
20 Sep 12
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Andrew has spoken publicly in support of marriage equality. Had his wife not been in labour, I imagine he would have been there voting ‘yes’.

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loosebrown 11:35 am
20 Sep 12
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Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Leigh on their new arrival!

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johnboy 12:06 pm
20 Sep 12
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Mr Leigh has now posted this statement:

http://www.andrewleigh.com/blog/?p=3349

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Truthiness 12:21 pm
20 Sep 12
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Damn heteros, keeping all the babies and marriage to themselves. Why can’t everyone else be unhappy too?!

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Masquara 12:43 pm
20 Sep 12
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LouiseMCrossman said :

Hi guys, I work for Andrew and we have had lots of queries about this over the last day. Andrew’s wife gave birth to their third son Zachary Leigh yesterday afternoon. Pairs aren’t granted for conscience votes but Andrew would have voted yes if he’d been there.

Thanks Louise – great news on both fronts!

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stillflying 1:28 pm
20 Sep 12
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This vote thing was an absolute bulls*** joke and a slap in the face.

It’s not a vote if you’re forced to vote one way because of your party, when they’re not representing the views of their regions. It’s absolutely correct that majority of the Australian public either want gay marriage or don’t care if it comes in because they’re truly not effected by it, it’s just getting the policitians to pull their thumbs out of their ass.

Happy both the ACT members would have voted yes had they been available.

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SnapperJack 3:39 pm
20 Sep 12
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Does anybody seriously believe that Gillard is against gay marriage? It is simply political expediency and a public charade on her part because she is scared stiff the Australian Christian Lobby will campaign against her government in Queensland if she supports gay marriage.

Labor MPs have already said that Gillard – the unmarried athiest student activist and member of the Socialist Forum – was forced into her current position by the ACL. Jim Wallace has said on a number of occasions that Kevin Rudd won the 2007 election on the back of the Christian vote in rural Qld. The ACL endorsed Rudd and Labor in those seats because of Rudd’s record as a morally conservative, church-going Christian.

The problem with the gay marriage vote in parliament is that it leaves the issue festering and unable to be taken off the political agenda because gay issues are like that. They hang around and won’t go away and there is a very powerful lobby ensuring that the issue is unresolved until it finally gets approved by the parliament.

It will be a test of political resolve how this issue will be managed from now on because the backlash over the vote is being led by the Left and The Greens and we all know about how they are ultimately running the government nowadays.

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Deref 4:04 pm
20 Sep 12
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SnapperJack said :

Does anybody seriously believe that Gillard is against gay marriage? It is simply political expediency and a public charade on her part because she is scared stiff the Australian Christian Lobby will campaign against her government in Queensland if she supports gay marriage.

Labor MPs have already said that Gillard – the unmarried athiest student activist and member of the Socialist Forum – was forced into her current position by the ACL. Jim Wallace has said on a number of occasions that Kevin Rudd won the 2007 election on the back of the Christian vote in rural Qld. The ACL endorsed Rudd and Labor in those seats because of Rudd’s record as a morally conservative, church-going Christian.

You may be right. We’ll see wat the next election whether supporters of marriage equality outnumber the Christian right. Of course there’s no choice between the two major parties, so the only option will be minor parties and independents.

SnapperJack said :

It will be a test of political resolve how this issue will be managed from now on because the backlash over the vote is being led by the Left and The Greens and we all know about how they are ultimately running the government nowadays.

So let me get this right – you say that the Labor Party (and, ostensibly the libs) are controlled by the right-wing Christian lobby (with which I agree); then you say it’s controlled by the left and the Greens. That does sound a little like having your cake and eating it too.

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LSWCHP 9:58 pm
20 Sep 12
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SnapperJack said :

Jim Wallace has said on a number of occasions that Kevin Rudd won the 2007 election on the back of the Christian vote in rural Qld.

Of course he’d say that. He’s a political lobbyist, and his interest is best served by making as many people as possible think he is as influential as possible.

I would be interested to see the numbers of Christian voters in rural Qld who were influenced by this dude, versus the the numbers of everybody else in the entire country who regard him and his crew as a joke and laugh him to scorn.

The fact is that he’s a fundamentalist nutbag running an outfit composed of fundamentalist nutbags and which represents only a tiny, tiny minority of fundamentalist nutbags.

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LSWCHP 10:02 pm
20 Sep 12
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I’ve seen Mr Leigh in public a couple of times. He strikes me as a decent, intelligent and witty man.

His brief and forthright comment on this adds to my positive impression of him.

Disclaimer: I’m not a Labor apparatchik. I just like the cut of his jib.

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