DEPUTY Prime Minister and Federal Wide Bay MP Warren Truss says marriage by definition should be reserved for a man and a woman, and says three-year-old surveys by his office reveal this is the opinion of most voters in this electorate.
Sixty-two per cent of Wide Bay voters who responded to mailbox surveys in 2012, and 55% in 2009, showed most people were opposed to same sex marriage, Mr Truss said yesterday.
"While I respect the personal choice of individuals, I support the view that marriage is an institution that by definition should be reserved for a man and a woman," he said.
"My view is consistent with the majority of the responses and opinions that have been provided to me by my Wide Bay constituents, including through the results of two separate, electorate-wide surveys.
"It is also important to note that the new Labor Queensland Government proposes legislation to provide for the legal recognition of relationships, including same sex unions.
"In May 2012, I conducted an extensive issues survey that was delivered to every mailbox in the electorate and which included the question; "Do you think that same sex couples should be allowed to marry?"
"I contacted local media outlets to ensure that all residents who wished to do so would have the chance to provide their views.
"The results of the 2012 survey showed a majority of residents in all four local government areas in the Wide Bay electorate were opposed to same sex marriage, with 62% opposed overall.
"This result delivered an even more emphatic response than a previous survey, conducted in 2009 using the same methodology, which found that 55% of residents in Wide Bay were opposed to same sex marriage.
"I would expect to conduct another survey over the next year and a question on same sex marriage will be included again.