WA election results bode well for marriage equality
LGBTI advocates are calling the resounding defeat of the Liberal government at the WA elections as a boon for marriage equality, with all state and territory leader now backing the reform.
Long-time marriage equality advocate and just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, say the WA election result has increased the momentum for change.
"The WA election outcome boosts the momentum for marriage equality under the current Federal Government,” Croome said.
"The result shows that One Nation is much less of a threat to the Government than right wing Liberals warned, and that Labor can win big with a pro-marriage equality position."
Croome suggested if the Prime Minister wanted to avoid a similar fate to his WA counterparts he must show leadership on the reform and allow his party a free vote on the issue. With over 70 per cent of Australians currently showing support for a free vote, Croome believes it’s time the PM took action.
"A recent opinion poll showed 71% of Australians would look more favourably on the Federal Government if it dropped the failed plebiscite policy and moved marriage equality forward in Parliament instead.
"The WA election result shows what will happen if Mr Turnbull ignores these polls."
[image] Marriage Equality supporters rally in Sydney. Photo Cec Busby