What does the Austrian Parliament’s vote against homo-marriage really mean?

For two days, this website has been getting an unusually high amount of clicks – most of them on a post we published last Thursday, saying that the Austrian National Assembly has voted 110-26 against a legislative resolution to introduce same-sex “marriage”. It appears that this post has been linked or re-posted on many other websites all around the world, presumably because people think this was a landmark victory of common sense over the “rights” claims of the sexually diversoid lobby.

But unfortunately this is not the case. Saying that the pro-marriage side has won a landslide victory would somewhat overstate the matter.

Yes, the vote has indeed taken place, and yes, the pro-gay-marriage resolution has indeed been defeated by 110-26 votes. But this outcome does not reflect the true balance of power between the supporters and opponents of same-sex “marriage” within the Austrian Parliament. It just shows that the Social Democrats (who like most socialist parties in Europe are opposed to the idea of marriage and family and therefore will support everything that undermines it, in particular marriage re-definition) were not ready to sacrifice their coalition with the Austrian Popular Party (Österreichische Volkspartei) just for supporting a legislative resolution that would have had no binding effect anyway, and that was from the outset unlikely to win a majority in the Assembly. A violation of the coalition agreement would have had very undesirable consequences for the Socialists – either new election (which according to all opinion polls would result in a dramatic defeat for them), or the immediate formation of a new government consisting of the People’s Party and the right-wing Freedom Party, which would relegate the power-addicted socialists to the role of opposition.

The actual position of the Socialists is pro-homo-marriage, and so are the Green and Liberal Parties. The latter two are in opposition, whereas the Socialists are part of the current (centrist) government. The three pro-sodomy parties do not have the necessary majority to re-define marriage, but neither are they very far away from such a majority.

The good news is that the general public is less enthusiastic about marriage re-definition than the politicians. While  politicians seem to think that re-defining marriage is a ground-breaking “reform” that can be easily adopted and costs them nothing, citizens are usually not very interested in the issue. Instead they want safe jobs, social security, reliable healthcare, and no further tax increases. The Socialist Party currently is in a deep crisis following a series of bad election results, and it is generally believed that this is due not only to the unfavourable development of the country’s economic situation, but also to the Party’s relentless drumbeating on “gay rights” issues that is deterring voters rather than winning them over. In other words, voters are tired of Conchita Wurst, Rainbow Parade, same-sex traffic lights, or HIV/AIDS “charity events” – they want the government to solve the real problem of real people rather than dancing to the tune of a small but over-influential minority that defines itself through its sex-life.

According to the latest opinion polls, if elections were held next week the Socialists would fall back from the first to the third place, and the clear winner would be the Freedomites, i.e. the party whose current frontman Hans-Christian Strache seems no less appealing to the electorate than his predecessor Jörg Haider.

Promoting homo-marriage does not pay off in terms of good election results, it seems.