A bill for gay marriage would clearly fail if Labor gave a conscience vote, MPs' reports to Parliament on the issue indicated yesterday, the Age reports.
Of some 30 speakers, including Labor, Coalition and crossbench members, about two-thirds were against gay marriage, based on what they found in canvassing their electorates or their personal opinions.
Others sat on the fence while only a handful declared themselves in favour. There was considerable support for civil unions. The reports followed a motion from Green Adam Bandt calling for local consultations.
Nationals George Christensen said: ''When opponents are called homophobic, when they are attacked for discrimination or being a religious nut or a dinosaur, to me it just shows how weak the arguments in favour of same-sex marriage actually are.''
Liberal Malcolm Turnbull said almost 73 per cent of people in his seat of Wentworth were in favour of marriage equality, but he stopped short of stating his position.
Outlook bleak if gay bill goes to conscience vote (The Age/AAP)
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