‘Huge steps’ made in campaign for gay marriage
Mining and Pastoral MLC Stephen Dawson believes advocacy for same-sex marriage in Australia is growing in the wake of a Supreme Court judgment in America that ruled gay marriage legal in all 50 US States.
Mr Dawson, who made history in 2013 by becoming one half of the first couple married under new same-sex marriage laws in the Australian Capital Territory, also hailed the “huge steps” made since a convincing majority voted in favour of marriage equality in Ireland last month.
“I don’t think it’s going to stop, I think people will keep campaigning until Tony Abbott and the Senate vote in favour of allowing samesex couples the same rights as everyone else,” he said.
“The Prime Minister is on the record as saying he has his own personal views, but politicians are supposed to listen to the electorate and take heed of the electorate.”
Profile pictures on social media were turning rainbow at a rate of knots this week as Twitter and Facebook users displayed their support.
But equally as vocal on the issue were groups trumpeting their discontent, with FamilyVoice Austra- lia — a Christian voice for family, faith and freedom — among them.
FamilyVoice national director David Phillips labelled the US ruling a case of judicial tyranny and said Australians were fortunate they did not have a Federal Bill of Rights.
Mr Dawson’s 2013 marriage was annulled after five days when the Federal High Court overturned same-sex marriage laws.
Labor MP Stephen Dawson, right, with his partner Dennis Liddelow.
City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Mayor Ron Yuryevich.