LNP conservatives blast push for same-sex marriage

CONSERVATIVES members of the Abbott Government have slammed colleagues, Labor and the media in a bid to kill off same-sex marriage.

Coalition backbenchers Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro have joined a cross-party group of MPs to draft a private member's bill to legalise same-sex marriage, which is likely to be put forward as early as the August sittings of Parliament.

Liberal frontbencher Concetta Fierravanti-Wells said the move was an "ambush" and "played into the hands of the Government's political opponents".

"Any change of this magnitude requires appropriate consultation and not the sort of ambush approach some of my colleagues have chosen to take," she said.

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Zea Bowling holds up a rainbow flag to a preacher yelling about "sodomy and brimstone".

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The NSW senator also criticised her moderate colleagues for showing "bad judgement" by allowing independent MP Cathy McGowan to co-sponsor the bill.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott played down the bill's prospects yesterday.

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In a statement, a spokesperson for Mr Abbott said anyone could bring a private member's bill before the Parliament, but it was "rare" they got voted on.

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