State politicians, including senior Coalition members, have expressed their support for marriage equality to the Senate inquiry into same-sex marriage. Liberal president of the NSW Legislative Council, Don Harwin expressed his “strong support” for efforts to amend the Marriage Act.
“Excluding same-sex couples from having their relationships recognised through marriage is a powerful and harmful message from the Parliament that these relationships are not regarded as equal and are not as valued,” Harwin wrote to the inquiry. “I do not regard civil unions as an adequate substitute for full equality in marriage for same-sex partners.”
Nationals MLC Trevor Khan wrote that the committee should consider people affected by the ban. “The most compelling are the personal stories of individuals that have been shared with me since entering the NSW Parliament,” Khan wrote.
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