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“Within 100 days of a Labor govt being elected, I shall move for marriage equality” said Mr Shorten in response to a motion at the 47th Labor national conference this weekend, granting a conscience vote to address the subject of same sex marriage in Parliament.  The conscience vote is a compromise that will give politicians the option to vote against the policy which will be centrally supported by the Labor party on religious or other grounds, but in four years time, they will be forced to adapt their stance or be expelled from the party should the bill get through under a Labor Government.

Mr Shorten accused Tony Abbott of politicising same sex marriage.

“If Mr Abbott fails to give his members of Parliament a free vote this year he has failed the challenge of our democracy, he’s politicising the issue of marriage equality when he doesn’t need to,” he said.

“Same-sex couples have waited too long, Australia is trailing the world. The debate about marriage equality has simply gone on too long.”

Penny Wong, half of one of Australia’s most high profile same sex couples, got emotional and enthusiastic about the prospect of a vote being closer than ever and a clear will of her own party.

“Of course there are many of us, and I’m one, who would have liked [progress] sooner. But delegates, what I say is this: this resolution does what we want, which is to end the conscience vote and you have the alternative prime minster of Australia giving you the commitment of what a Labor government would do: within 100 days, a marriage equality bill.

“There is nothing  to fear from equality. Progress has never been easily won, reform is never easily won.”

And so we ask you today… Are you happy to see the issue of same sex marriage being a policy outcome for the Labor party?  Do you think that is will be a strong policy for the Labor party to run on? 

Rebecca Wilson

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  1. Who really gives a shit about gay marriage start looking at health care education pensioners housing and things that really matter or are these in the to hard basket

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    • There ARE people who do give a shit about gay marriage. Clearly not you. There ARE other issues other than gay marriage but to some – especially those who have been in long term relationships and who experience deep lasting love – then it is VERY important to them and should enjoy the same rights as other people in marriage. That really matters to them. I support them. Ease up Robert. Finally, what are you doing about health care education and pensioner housing?

    • Robert, that is very short sighted and obviously you are heterosexual as am I, but people who aren’t have waited too long for equality. Now that we all realise that it isn’t a fad, a life choice or even, what we eat for breakfast, gay people have a right to find happiness in this life.

    • Marriage equality is a discrimination and human rights issue which wont cost either party a cent … I’m not exactly sure how allowing marriage equality is going to affect the issues you mentioned above, Robert?

    • Why shouldn’t every loving couple be intitled to be married regardless of sex.It’s definitly not ‘SHIT’

    • I totally agree. They are just after the gay vote. They’ll stoop to anything to get back into power again!

    • Crawl back into your hole Carmel – most paedophiles are straight male relatives of the victims – you know: dear daddy and uncle Ernie – so much for the safety of the traditional nuclear family

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  3. These rainbow colours are so false, one colour missing, the same as same sex marriage, one sex missing

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    • So now rainbows along with the word gay have been high jacked to mean something other than the original meaning. Try reading an old novel and not do a double take at the description “happy and gay”

    • we are not equal on anything poverty war religion makes this impossible BUT WE DONT CARE ABOUT THEM WE JUST WANT TO LEGALISE GAY MARRIAGE ….so so important to the future of this planet ……NOT

    • Yes and there are more important things than blinkin gay marriage! Don’t worry Labor just bring all the muslims in and over run our country! Don’t worry about our homeless they’ll get by! Bring in sharia law then women will have no say mutilate our children! thats what Labor wants!

  4. Had six years in government to do something about same sex marriage yet did nothing. Chasing the popular vote now.

  5. In this case I will not vote Labor………

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    • So you don’t care about the country as a whole; you just care that on one issue some people have a different opinion to you.

    • Ruth, who are you to tell me I don’t care about the Country? Certainly I don’t like the way the Country in going. I am free to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman, but I am not stopping you to believe otherwise or to vote Labor if so you choose……..

    • Some of us were brought up to have values, instilled in us, which we can’t change. Many straight couples don’t get married now. There are Civil Unions, a few laws need altering which will fix things

    • Marisa
      This post was about labor’s stance on marriage equality. Your reply was; .
      Quote “In this case I will not vote Labor……” unquote
      This is taken to mean that because of labor’s stance on marriage equality you will not vote labor.
      You didn’t give an opinion; you made a statement.
      They are two very different things.

    • I agree with Tony Abbott on same sex marriage but disagree with all his other policies so would never vote for him or his party just because I agree with one policy of his.

    • Ruth, as you like , I made a “statement ” but it does not change my opinion that marriage is between a man and a woman. Anything else would attack at the very heart of society.A society wich is already trying to deal, or survive, with many other ethical and moral issues……..

    • Marisa it did sound as though you wouldn’t vote Labour for just this one reason, and I thought the same as Ruth. Having said this, I do agree with you about same sex marriage. Just my old fashioned way I suppose.

  6. Get on with the real issues, why are both tag teams focusing on this when there are so many major things that need attention

  7. Ha ha and that is the biggest problem this country has. Time to get rid of a couple of levels of this government.

  8. I can’t wait for my daughter , who thought of committing suicide before telling us she was gay as she did not want to be that way, can have all the same legal rights (to marry her life partner )as my hubby of 41yrs and I do. That sooner the better in my opinion.

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    • Her suicidal thoughts would have been more about coming out and telling her family and letting the world know. I am happy for her daughter that she has come through unscathed, and has a partner. This is not a reason for Gay marriage to be made legal. They can have a commitment ceremony before family and friends, to celebrate their union. But sorry not a marriage. This is between a man and a woman, as God intended it. Otherwise the human race would not have evolved!

    • We love our children unconditionally, as it should be. I am happy your child survived!

    • Jan, I have just been told that my beautiful 17y old granddaughter is gay and she has known for a few years. It makes no difference to her parents or family as she still remains our lovely,kind,loving girl.Hopefully she can one day have the opportuntiy to unite in marriage with someone she loves.

    • Richard Foster, Jenny Young. The issue is about human rights, where everyone has the same rights. Why should same sex couples make do with a union when you can get married? To say “they don’t need the word marriage to make them happy” is patronising and shows a lack of understanding of the issue, which is EQUALITY.

  9. Definitely won’t vote Labor. Marriage is between a man and a woman. What would Bill Shorten know, doesn’t lead by example.

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    • So you don’t care about the country as a whole; you just care that on one issue some people have a different opinion to you.

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