I’ve had some queries over the last day about why I didn’t vote on gay marriage yesterday afternoon.
I was absent from Parliament because my wife gave birth to our third son yesterday afternoon. To avoid any confusion on this issue, I put out the below statement this morning. Gweneth and I, as well as Zachary’s two elder brothers, are all very excited about the new addition to our family.
Andrew Leigh MP
Member for Fraser
20 September 2012
LEAVE FROM PARLIAMENT
Andrew and Gweneth Leigh’s third son, Zachary Keith Leigh, was born on the afternoon of 19 September.
Andrew is on parental leave from Parliament on 19-20 September.
Pairing arrangements did not apply to the conscience vote on same-sex marriage. Andrew has spoken in support of same-sex marriage on multiple occasions, and would have voted in favour of yesterday’s motion.