"We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband, and I want that to happen for them.
“I don’t want any legislator to take that right away from me.”
- Barnaby Joyce (SMH Aug 16, 2011, at an anti-SSM rally.)
“I want to stand with the current definition of marriage. I think it has been trialled by time, by thousands of years across multiple cultures, across multiple faiths,” he said.
Pressed on the reaction of Australia’s Asian neighbours to the possible legalisation of same sex marriage, Mr Joyce warned that it would lead to negative judgments being made.
“When we go there, there are judgments whether you like it or not that are made about us. There they see in how we negotiate with them whether they see us as decadent. People would say that’s outrageous,” he said.
- Barnaby Joyce, ( SMH July 5, 2015. Concerned about what Australia’s Asian neighbours might think if SSM was legalised.)