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Howard Weighs Into the Debate

The Adelaide Advertiser (Sept 9) reported on John Howard’s views.

“John Howard has called for proposed same-sex marriage legislation, including full protections for parents, religion and free speech, to be produced before the postal survey vote closes in November, as he launches his support for the No campaign.

“Mr Howard said yesterday it was disingenuous for the Yes campaign to argue that changing the law to include same-sex marriage did not affect other rights and that the survey involved a simple yes/no question.

“I respect the Yes campaign arguments, but this is not about a single right and there are conflicting rights,” Mr Howard told The Weekend Australian.

“Mr Howard, who was prime minister in 2004 when the definition of marriage being between “a man and a woman” was inserted into the Marriage Act, said yesterday there could not be changes to social institutions without wider consequences.”

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