Country Women's Association says yes to marriage equality
In a show of support for the LGBTIQ community the Victorian arm of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) has voted to support same-sex marriage.
The CWA whose aim is to improve the conditions for women and children, especially those living in rural and remote Australia, is the largest women’s organisation in Australia with a membership of over 20,000 in over 1,200 branches around the country.
This week at the CWA’s Victorian State Conference, the organisation voted to support marriage equality and will write to the Federal Government asking it to adopt legislation enabling gay men and women to marry.
Victorian president Machelle Crichton said Victoria is the first branch of the CWA to adopt the policy.
Ms Crichton told the ABC the conversation about same-sex marriage at the conference was "respectful and active".
"There were some people there who had children who were gay, so one child who was gay and one who was not; so one child had certain rights and one child didn't," she said.
"There was talk of the country's who had already introduced it, like Ireland."
Ms Crichton is aware the move might surprise those who think of the CWA as a conservative group.
“They're a diverse group, they're highly intelligence. We are always fairly advanced on a variety of topics, and it reflects society.
"It is a very progressive organisation and it has always been at the cutting edge of some of the censorship issues of life," she said.
"It was a simple majority that voted for it."