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Farrer voters don't support same-sex marriage: Ley

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley has said her constituents would not support changes to the Marriage Act

TRENT HORNEMAN December 24, 2013 5:07pm
Member for Farrer Sussan Ley is the target of a Marriage Equality Australia hit-list as pressure mounts on MPs to change their minds on same sex marriage.
 
Gay marriage advocacy group Marriage Equality Australia has issued a list of 50 federal MPs they would target to persuade to change their mind on the issue.
 
The hit-list of MPs has made national news.
 
Ms Ley said while she recognised community opinions were changing, she would not vote to change the Marriage Act.
 
‘‘My views on same-sex marriage are heavily guided by my constituents,’’ she said.
 
‘‘There is absolutely no doubt that society’s stance on this issue has moved a long way during my lifetime, but I do not believe that the majority of voters in Farrer want to see the Marriage Act changed yet.
 
‘‘However, I have supported and I will continue to support legislation that removes discriminative laws against same-sex couples and I believe there is more that could be done in this area.’’
 
Ms Ley’s reasoning does not sit well with Marriage Equality Australia director Rodney Croome.
 
Mr Croome said while he was pleased to see Ms Ley support changes to discrimination laws, the voters in the Farrer electorate needed to have their feelings known.
 
‘‘I would say the majority of constituents in Farrer support gay marriage. I am urging them to contact her about this important reform,’’ he said.
 
Mr Croome said his group compiled the list after reviewing a range of factors.
 
‘‘We compiled a list of 50 or so MPs who supported the conscience vote and who had no obvious religious beliefs,’’ he said.
 
‘‘We are not suggesting that all will change their minds. It is good that Ms Ley is willing to engage in discussions.’’
 
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