SA Liberal MP supports same-sex marriage

SA Liberal MP supports same-sex marriage

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 13 March 2014 13:13 Written by // Ron Hughes

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,


Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes

Ron Hughes is the editor of SA's only LGBTI magazine, blaze.

Comments (3)

  • JA

    14 March 2014 at 14:55 |
    Indaily Today 14/3/14

    "Love and garriage

    Liberal member for Adelaide Rachel Sanderson is somewhat famous for her stance on gay marriage.

    Keen readers will recall that she surveyed her constituents about the topic, including asking whether using the term “garriage” would make gay marriage more acceptable (does that mean you get “garried”?).

    In an interview with InDaily’s Liam Mannix last year, she revealed she supported gay marriage personally – but wouldn’t vote for it.

    “As the Member for Adelaide I’m not here to represent my view. I’m here to represent the view of the people I represent. And at this point those people are not ready.”

    However, this didn’t stop her replying “yes” when gay marriage activists came calling ahead of this Saturday’s election.

    She’s now listed on the Australian Marriage Equality website as a supporter of gay marriage, after responding in the affirmative to their survey.

    Which is true. She just won’t vote for it."


  • Cec

    13 March 2014 at 18:59 |
    Hi JA
    as far as I'm aware the article you are referring to was published in December and Sanderson has since changed her position as evidenced in the results of the survey conducted by Australian Marriage Equality into the positions of SA candidates on marriage equality.


  • JA

    13 March 2014 at 14:36 |
    Check out indaily's article on rachel sanderdon, she says she is pro "garriage" but will vote against gay marriage because a survey of her constituents are against it. Check the facts!


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