Labor MP David Feeney to vote for love
It seems Australian Marriage Equality’s (AME) election campaign revealing where each candidate in the upcoming election stands on marriage equality has had its first victory, with a Labor candidate coming out in favour of reform.
Labor MP David Feeney who had been absent during the last vote on marriage equality was to be the target of a leafleting campaign in his seat of Batman by the AME but has now confirmed in a written pledge that he will vote in support of marriage equality in the next term of government.
Australian Marriage Equality, Victorian convener, Tim Peppard, said, "We welcome David Feeney's pledge to vote for marriage equality because it shows is he a strong and committed supporter of reform.
"Because marriage equality will be achieved through a conscience vote it is important for supporters of reform to be sure candidates not only support reform but will vote for it."
In his letter to AME, Feeney wrote, "I believe that placing a restriction on marriage so that it can only occur between a man and a woman is not relevant to a modern, secular society. What is important is that when people find a loving relationship, they are afforded the dignity and respect of that relationship from their fellow Australians."
"I pledge to vote for the marriage equality bill that the Prime Minister has committed to introducing into Parliament, if our Labor Government is re-elected. If our Government is not re-elected, I pledge to vote for any reasonable marriage equality bill that comes before Parliament, providing it supports full equality, does not compel religious organisations to conduct ceremonies against their faith and if I am permitted a conscience vote by my Party."
To find out where your local member stands in the marriage equality debate visit vote4love.com.au