Liberal MP John Alexander has admitted to squirming his way out of a question on live television as to whether he personally supports gay marriage.
Mr Alexander was a guest on ABC TV’s QA program on Monday night when the issue of gay marriage was discussed.
He spoke about joking with Dr Kerryn Phelps who he said told him in his Canberra office that mutual friend and fellow former tennis pro Martina Navratilova was in part responsible for her decision to come out.
“As we talked we had this flippant conversation, maybe we should institute a gay marriage for women and call it a Navratilova and as the conversation went on possibly an Alexander for gay men, not after me but for Alexander the Great,” Mr Alexander said.
“Just joking about it, maybe it had some some credibility, that there is three different types of marriage and maybe that could make everybody happy.”
Asked if he personally supported gay marriage Mr Alexander sidestepped the question, saying his wife may not like that and it wasn’t personally for him.
“I was just trying to squirm around and get out of that,” he said.
“One of the interesting things I’m learning about being a member of parliament is, yes you can have an opinion but really what you are is a representative of your electorate.”
Mr Alexander said he had spoken with hundreds of people in his electorate, including parents who wanted their gay children to have the right to marry.
“If you look at where we have come from and where we are now most people would agree it is inevitable but the electorate that I represent does not support gay marriage,” he said.
Mr Alexander holds former prime minister John Howard’s seat of Bennelong in Sydney after regaining it from Labor’s Maxine McKew.
The coalition opposes gay marriage in contrast with the
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