‘Huge steps’ made in cam­paign for gay mar­riage

Kalgoorlie Miner - - NEWS - Jas­mine Bam­ford

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.

Pic­ture: Iain Gillespie

La­bor MP Stephen Daw­son, right, with his part­ner Dennis Lid­de­low.

Pic­ture: Louise White

City of Kal­go­or­lie-Boul­der Mayor Ron Yurye­vich.

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