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Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00

Advocates To Try To Convince Deputies And Senators To Support Australia Marriage Equality Law

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A new battle started in Australia after the High Court repealed the marriage equality law in Canberra. Now same-sex marriage advocates target federal politicians with a simple objective: to convince them to support marriage equality in 2014.

According to IBTimes, advocate group 'Australian Marriage Equality' is set to target 50 members of the lower house with 2014 with a two-thirds bias towards Liberal party members.

When the High Court repealed the Canberra's law allowing same-sex couples to get married, it also adds that the vote of such a law lies with the Federal Parliament. It is thus a political question, hence the wish to discuss with politicians to try to convince them to vote in favour of the law.

Australian Marriage Equality National Director Rodney Croome said that only 25 votes of deputies were necessary to pass the same-sex marriage law in so far as, of course, a conscience vote would be allowed for the liberal deputies. He then added that in the Senate, only 10 senators are needed.

And already, this new strategy worked!

Liberal National Party federal MP Warren Entsch supports the marriage equality law and waits now until the Prime Minister and leader of the liberal party Tony Abbott gives the conscience vote.

"If I was given the opportunity of a conscience vote, then I would certainly have no hesitation in supporting marriage for all Australians," he told the Brisbane Times.

"I have had the privilege of being married to my darling wife Claire and have three beautiful children, so marriage is very important to me.

"The fundamentals of marriage are love, trust and commitment between two people.

"I certainly believe what defines marriage are those values and not the gender of the people who enter into it."

And that's not all, according to the newspaper, Terri Butler, who was recently endorsed as Labor's candidate for Griffith, said she would vote to allow same-sex marriage too and she would "actively campaign" marriage equality in the Federal Parliament.


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