SA Liberal MP supports same-sex marriage
A survey of South Australian election candidates by Australian Marriage Equality has found the Liberal member for Adelaide, Rachel Sanderson, is a supporter of marriage equality.
AME national director Rodney Croome said, "Marriage equality in South Australia can only be achieved with cross-party support so I hope to see other Liberals following Ms Sanderson's lead."
"There is more support for marriage equality among South Australian election candidates than ever before which bodes well for the state leading the way on marriage equality should the federal parliament again fail to pass the reform," he said.
The survey also found the other three candidates for the seat of Adelaide all supported marriage equality: Robert Simms (Greens), Anna Tree (Dignity for the Disabled) and David O'Loughlin (ALP).
The High Court struck down marriage equality laws in the ACT last year, but constitutional experts such as Prof George Williams are of the opinion state-based marriage laws can still pass, if they are framed differently from the ACT laws.
Former Liberal opposition leader Isobel Redmond is a known supporter of marriage equality, but last year a same-sex marriage bill introduced by Labor MP Susan Close was voted down after current Liberal leader Steven Marshall refused his members a conscience vote.
A separate bill from the Greens' Tammy Franks lapsed when parliament rose. Franks has vowed to re-introduce her bill if re-elected to the upper house.
South Australia will hold its state election this Saturday, March 15.
Results of AME's candidate survey can be found on the group's election website, vote4love.org