Bob Katter will vote no to gay marriage despite postal survey

Bob Katter has no intention of respecting the will of voters if as is likely the same sex marriage postal survey carries a "yes" vote.
Bob Katter has no intention of respecting the will of voters if as is likely the same sex marriage postal survey carries a "yes" vote.

The Same Sex Marriage postal survey result is scheduled to be released tomorrow (Wednesday, November 15) but federal member for Kennedy Bob Katter intends to vote against it in parliament whatever the result.

The survey result will be released at 9am Queensland time on Wednesday and almost all opinion polls have found support for same-sex marriage is at about two to one.

The most recent one a Guardian Essential Poll taken just before the poll closed last week found 64 per cent of people who voted say they ticked "yes".

However in a table of response of all parliamentarians provided to the ABC, Mr Katter is one of only seven who said they would still vote no even if the postal survey found a majority in favour.

Mr Katter’s position is no surprise given the number of controversial anti-gay statements he has made over the years.

In August he told Sky News the gay community had stolen “the most beautiful word in the English language”.

“I have a very clear idea of what is going on here: the homosexuals in Australia, they took the word gay,” Mr Katter he said.

The other MPs who still plan to vote against it are Cory Bernardi (Aus Conservative Party), Don Farrell (Labor), Lucy Gichuhi (Family First), Bridget McKenzie (Nationals), Slade Brockman and Kevin Andrews (both Liberal).

Around 70 percent of 226 parliamentarians were in favour of following the survey result, with 33 saying it was “complicated” while 26 parliamentarians did not respond including Pauline Hanson.