Tasmania Liberal Party member comes out in support of same-sex marriage
History was made at the Big Penguin today in Penguin, Tasmania, when state Liberal candidate Kyron Howell announced he was coming out in support of same-sex marriage.
Howell will be the first ever Tasmanian Liberal to support state-based marriage equality laws.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, also revealed a list of other state Liberal candidates who have indicated a commitment to marriage equality.
Howell said he supported marriage equality in Tasmania not despite being a Liberal but because he was a Liberal.
"I dream of a Tasmania that leads the world in many different ways, including marriage equality," Howell said. "Tasmania taking the lead on a key issue like marriage equality would send a positive message to the world that we are an inclusive and forward-looking community and an attractive place to live, work and invest."
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, welcomed Howell's support.
"Marriage equality is about individual freedom, and strengthening relationships and families, all things which Liberals can support."
"A majority of Liberal voters support marroiage equality and are looking for candidates like Kyron Howell to reflect their values."
"We congratulate Will Hodgman for allowing a conscience vote on marriage equality so MPs who share Kyron's views can vote for it."
AME also released the results of a surevy of Tasmanian state election candidates saying where they stand on marriage equality.
For more on all the Tasmanian election candidates who support marriage equality go to vote4love.com