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Same-sex marriage 'doesn't rate' in Farrer: Ley

It's not that the people of Farrer don't have views on it but that the topic of same-sex marriage doesn't rate as highly as others, according to Member for Farrer Sussan Ley.

RHIANNON HORRELL January 15, 2014 4:20am

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The topic of same-sex marriage just ‘‘doesn’t rate’’ in terms of interest with people in the electorate of Farrer, according to federal member Sussan Ley.

The Riv put some follow-up questions to Ms Ley about how she was canvassing her electorate on the issue, following a page one story on December 24.

That story said Ms Ley was the target of a hit list of 50 MPs Marriage Equality Australia was targeting to change their minds about same-sex marriage.

Ms Ley said at the time that 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 voters in Farrer want to see the Marriage Act changed just yet.’’

This week Ms Ley has clarified her position.

‘‘As the local MP in this part of NSW it’s my job to tap into and canvass the mood of our electorate on many issues that could come up in the Parliament, including this one.

‘‘If I raise the topic with any of the wide range of people I happily get to meet in my role, on a scale of 1 to 10, it just doesn’t rate.’’

She said it ‘‘certainly doesn’t mean local people don’t have a view. It just means there’s probably broader social issues they want to see our Parliament deal with right now’’.

In December, the High Court overturned Australia’s same-sex marriage law.

It said the Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 could not operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act 1961.

Ms Ley said this week that regardless of the hit-list issued by Marriage Equality Australia and its director, Rodney Croome, she did take note of the diverse and often strongly-held views elsewhere in the Australian community.

‘‘(I) follow that evolving conversation with great interest.’’

A post on the Riv’s Facebook page on Christmas Eve about the same-sex marriage topic and Ms Ley’s views attracted 126 comments across several days.

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