We’ve got a couple stories out of Australia for you this morning. In the first, New South Wales’ top politician endorsed marriage equality. Gay Star News reports:
‘As a Liberal who believes that commitment and family units are one of the best ways in which society is organized, I support the concept of same-sex marriage,’ said Barry O’Farrell to Fairfax Media, dismissing the argument that gay marriage would damage traditional marriage as ‘utterly ridiculous’. O’Farrell urged Liberal party leader Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the issue, as Liberal MPs and senators being told to tow the party line against same-sex marriage is a significant obstacle to passing legislation in Australia.
On the same day, the country’s opposition leader, Tony Abbott, backed off slightly from his previous opposition to marriage equality a little. Pink News reports:
Liberal leader Tony Abbott has prevented his MPs from having a conscience vote on the issue. He remains opposed to marriage equality and says it should be “between a man and a woman”. But he added: “our position, my position, going into the next election is that what our policy is on this will be a matter for the post election party room. “I’m not trying to say that the party is committed forever and a day to the current position.”
Gay and lesbian Australians are wondering why neighboring New Zealand can pass a marriage equality law and Australia can’t.