In Parliament: “Love knows no boundaries. Love knows no limits. And love knows when it has found its partner. There have been many attempts through history to limit love. All have failed. As we move further into the 21st century, I am confident that attempts to limit love will fail again and that full marriage equality will become a reality.” (15 November 2010)
"While they're talking about gay marriage, there's boats turning up at Christmas Island."
"No, I don't think the Marriage Act should change. Marriage is between a man and a woman and that's how I'll vote if given a conscience vote."
"I support a change to the platform but as to whether the party should be bound to any change I don't have a view on."
“It is quite ironic that this charge for rights is being pursued by diminishing the rights of those who have chosen to designate their relationship a traditional marriage.”
"This isn't a matter of discrimination of same-sex couples, this is about the union of marriage which is traditionally between a man and a woman and I believe it should stay like that into the future."
"I think that conscience vote should occur in the spring sitting of Parliament and it'd be my intention, if there was a conscience vote awarded, to vote yes." - http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-09/darren-chester-first-n...
“At the conference I made it clear that I would vote in support of same-sex marriage in the Parliament, in the event of a conscience vote taking place.”
"Personally, I am comfortable with the idea of same-sex marriage... I believe that changing the Marriage Act by extending the definition to include same-sex couples will not lessen the status of families. On the contrary, I think that it will strengthen it by building stronger bonds of commitment between two people regardless of gender and sexual orientation."
“This is a destruction of marriage, not simply a redefinition.”
"I support Marriage Equality. If elected, I will vote Yes for Marriage Equality."
"I have come to the conclusion that our nation should treat all of its citizens as equally as possible, including through marriage laws. I am not persuaded that it will harm our society to permit same sex couples who love each other and are committed to sharing their lives, to marry."
"I very much support the legislation that has been put forward by the member for Throsby as legislation which will remove discrimination from our books, which will remove a denial of human rights from our books and which will allow same-sex couples to engage in our society on the same terms as heterosexual couples."
The Victorian MP Russell Broadbent does not support gay marriage but said the Coalition should allow a conscience vote. "We are the party of the conscience vote; that's why Menzies set it up," he said.
"It is widely accepted that there are certain customs and practices in any society that are unique to certain relationships."
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