Walsh 'disappointed' by Yes result

By Esther Hayden

Published 26/05/2015 | 00:00

Ardent No campaigner Senator Jim Walsh said he was 'disappointed' by the Yes result in the same sex marriage referendum.

'I am disappointed. I feel very strongly that every child is entitled to a mother and father and this has blurred that.'

However he said he 'wasn't surprised' by the result noting that the opinion polls had the yes vote being carried. 'I did feel in the last week that it has narrowed slightly from 60/40 to 55/45 but in fact it hadn't.'

Senator Walsh said he felt there was opportunity to recognise same sex marriage in article 40 of the constitution which deals specifically with equality rather than in article 41 which deals with the family.

'I've also concerns with the way children will be taught in schools now and that didn't get a lot of traction in the debates. In other countries they are advocating gender neutral theory in school and I would have concerns about how that will influence children particularly young children.

'That will need to be monitored closely.'

Senator Walsh said that while he understood that people had voted yes to give a sense of inclusiveness it was his view that we have 'fundamentally altered the definition of marriage'.

While his own view wasn't a popular one throughout the campaign, Senator Walsh said he hadn't experienced any hostility but added that there 'was a reluctance among people to say what they were doing because people didn't want to be seen as homophobic'.

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