LGBT recruiters aim to quell Christian influence in federal WA seat

But the activists also wanted to provide branches in the Moore division that were independent of Mr Goodenough and the influence of church members.

«Most of them live locally and vote Liberal, so I’ve told them that the only thing that matters – I think John Howard or Peter Costello said it – in politics when it comes down to it, the only thing that matters is numbers,» the source said.

«You can’t just complain on social media, because nothing will change – he [Mr Goodenough] is getting hammered on social media at the moment, but will anything change?

«At the moment we want to shore up our branches. It’s really about making sure that a chunk of the division is a place for all kinds.»

Although Mr Goodenough was personally opposed to the legalisation of same-sex marriage, he voted for the legislation in Parliament to reflect the views of his electorate.

There are between 700 and 900 Liberal members in 10 branches across the division of Moore.

A party source said the members would also help counteract the influence of church congregations on the next round of state preselections.

The Moore LGBT party members would also focus on the division’s Young Liberal forum, which had not met since 2013.

«If we had one or two more branches, then we would have the numbers in the division,» the source said.

A spokeswoman for Mr Goodenough said only Liberal office bearers could comment on membership matters under the party’s constitution.

Liberal state director Sam Calabrese did not comment specifically on the plans of the LGBT activists.

«Anyone who shares our values, like individual freedom and responsibility, less government interference in your day-to-day life and lower taxes, are welcome to join the Liberal Party online by visiting,» he said in a brief written statement.

Nathan is WAtoday’s political reporter.

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