SA Libs should have followed Tassie’s lead says AME
Australian Marriage Equality has welcomed the re-election of key LGBTI allies to South Australia’s parliament, but criticised the Liberal Party for its stance on equal marriage.
AME national director Rodney Croome singled out Ian Hunter MLC for praise, saying, "Ian Hunter has been one of Australia's strongest marriage equality advocates, and is one of three Australian MPs in a same-sex marriage, so we congratulate him on his re-election."
Croome also praised Liberal MP Rachel Sanderson for her personal support for marriage equality saying “we hope her likely re-election will add pressure for a free vote."
Croome suggested the Liberal Party in SA might have lost some ground among voters by not allowing a conscience vote on same-sex marriage, and that SA Liberal leader Steven Marshall should have followed the lead of Tasmanian Liberal leader Will Hodgman (pictured) in allowing a free vote.
"An important message to the South Australian Liberal Party from this election is that a hard line against marriage equality does not pave a path to office," Croome said.
"Allowing a free vote would have brought it more in line with public opinion and given it a better chance of winning government."