Readers suport push for legalising gay marriage

OBSERVER readers have expressed their support for gay marriage after an article featured a Calliope couple who were concerned the issue would be put on the backburner after the Coalition's election win.

Asked on Facebook if the issue should be voted on in the next term of Parliament, or if there were more pressing issues to discuss, commenters were overwhelmingly in favour of a vote being taken.

Nerrilyn Diefenbach said the importance of the issue was greatly underestimated.

"To me it is right up there with the economy, unemployment and education because it speaks to who and what we are in our hearts and our minds as a country and as individuals," she said.

"If you don't believe in equality for our LGBTQ family members and friends then you are either a bigot, a homophobe or incredibly ignorant and misinformed, and quite frankly it's just not good enough any more."

Mikayla Glossop said that while there were other pressing issues, this was an easy decision to make.

"It doesn't require prior planning or funding - just someone to let religion leave the parliament and vote purely on issues of Australians."

Angelina Taylor also said there were other pressing issues, but it was an easy decision and politicians should get it over and done with.

She said everyone should have the right to marry who they loved.

"It in no way affects anybody else, therefore if people don't like it don't do it, but don't judge."

Barbara Reid said gay marriage should just go ahead, rather than being voted on.

"No point voting when our so-called representatives don't or can't put the public's views across. Anyway what's a more pressing issue than people's rights?" she said.

An online poll of APN readers found 59% of respondents supported gay marriage being voted on in the next term of parliament, while 37% said there were more pressing issues to deal with.


During the recent election campaign, Flynn LNP member Ken O'Dowd said "95% of the electorate" was against legalising same-sex marriage

"At the moment my electorate is telling me to leave it as it is," he said. "Until I get signals from my electorate to say anything different, I'll stay with that."

In 2011 Mr O'Dowd said his view was that marriage was between a man and a woman, and he voted against any change to the current Marriage Act.

"I support civil unions and I support the right of couples to distribute their assets as they see fit," he said at the time.

"In our polling we have spoken to people at public forums and we have walked the streets talking to our constituents about this issue and others. Overwhelmingly my electorate rejects same sex marriages."

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