A few days ago, I asked my Facebook ''fans'': ''Should Conservatives such as Catherine Cusack and Scot MacDonald have backed gay marriage''
Never could I have anticipated the reaction. I received abusive emails, calling me a bigot and even some rather threatening ones. Catherine Cusack posted on my Facebook wall ''Who are you?'', not once but twice. Trevor Khan MLC, another Coalition member who backed the Greens gay marriage motion defened his position, and quoted British Prime Minister David Cameron, who also backs same-sex marriage. The same Conservative who backs further European Integration, who will not allow a referendum on Europe, is planning reform to change the historic House of Lords in spite of party backlash and even apologised to Sinn Fein leader, Gerry Adams. Mr Cameron also wrote to Prime Minister Julia Gillard, backing our carbon tax, a major insult to Tony Abbott. Cameron also announced he would change the current British Climate Change levy to a carbon tax.
Catherine Cusack also had more to say. She declared ''I am not a "conservative". I'm a Liberal.'', which would certainly come as a huge surprise to the millions of conservatives in Australia who support the Coalition. She also wrote ''Freedom. Free choice, free markets, and the never ending battle against collectivism telling us what we think, stealing our sweat and bullying us into doubting our own identity and self worth. A Liberal and bloody proud of it!'' I replied that ''Freedom and free choice are not limitless. For example do we allow use of illicit drugs, polygamy, child sex and bestiality? Where do you draw the line?''
Bruce Notley-Smith, the Liberal MP for Coogee, who is gay, backed the change. Troy Grant, the Nationals MP for Dubbo voted No in my poll, as did a user describing themselves as ''Portmac LiberalParty''. Meanwhile, ACON staff voted yes in my poll. That hardly comes as a surprise. Other users who voted yes openly admitted on their profiles to supporting the Greens and Labor.
I think everyone for their contributions. This is an important debate to have (hopefully a civil one), especially for Liberal and National Party members. We must ensure those we preselect and elect stand up for what we as party members broadly believe in. Most party members and voters believe in protecting family values and traditions.
UPDATE: A note on who I am and why I don't reveal my true identity. Like many political bloggers, who are not published my a major news site I blog anonymously. One example of this is Professor Bunyiptude. Another is Guido Fawkes This is to protect myself and my family. Given the abusive reaction by some to my poll and my post on gay marriage, I think that decision is vindicated. Any anyway, whats the problem?
I describe myself in the ''About Me'' section.