The leading role Australian Conservatives are playing in the marriage debate was acknowledged today by a columnist writing for the Fairfax newspapers.
In this post first uploaded to the Sydney Morning-Herald website, columnist Jacqueline Maley acknowledged the work senator Bernardi was doing in leading the No case for conservatives.
If a bill to redefine marriage is considered in the Senate, Maley observes that when it comes to conscientious objectors, "no one protects their interests more valiantly than the South Australian senator".
Maley also observes that "Bernardi will not accept the guarantees for religious freedoms written into the private member's bill drafted by Liberal senator Dean Smith. The government has said it will facilitate a private member's bill, without binding its members to vote for it."