Liberal MP and opposition spokesman on families Kevin Andrews has released a new book claiming heterosexual-exclusive marriage is the only thing standing in the way of public acceptance of polygamy.

“Once the state can no longer insist that marriage involves a commitment to a member of the opposite sex, there is no ground (other than superstition) for insisting that marriage be limited to one person rather than several,” Andrews writes in Maybe I do: Modern Marriage and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Federal Greens MP Adam Bandt dismissed Andrews’ comments as “one-dimensional bigotry”.

“The more people say ‘I do’, the more marriage will be strengthened, not weakened,” Bandt told the Star Observer.

He also criticised Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s response to the comments given his acceptance of Cory Bernardi’s resignignation last month following similar comments.

“Kevin Andrews is living in the stone age. The fact that the leader of the opposition has failed to discipline Mr Andrews in the same manner as Cory Bernardi shows that Tony Abbott is living there as well.”

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