DL - he has indicated that he will stick to the Coalition's position from the last election. By describing it that way he is trying to wedge Gillard and highlight she has back flipped. Given the popular support for same sex marriage and a conscience vote the recess is more than likely to demonstrate to him that this isnt a wedge that will work.
Abbott's leadership is by no means safe and the Party Room will do what it takes to win the next election. This issue could be the opportunity Turnbull has been waiting for