NSW Young Nats back marriage equality

31 Aug, 2015 11:40 AM
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen
A same sex relationship is equally as important and valid as a heterosexual relationship
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

THE NSW Young Nationals have voted in favour of marriage equality at their annual conference in Corowa, NSW.

The decision makes it the first youth division of a conservative political party to support same-sex marriage in Australia.

In a statement, the party said: "With this motion, the NSW Young Nationals have acknowledged the importance of marriage equality to young people in regional Australia.

"A young homosexual man living in regional NSW is six times more likely to commit suicide than members of the community as a whole."

This motion stated "that a same sex relationship is equally as important and valid as a heterosexual relationship".

"In the early 1970s, the Young Australian Country Party, as we were then, passed a motion to legalise homosexual acts between consenting adults in private, ten years ahead of the ultimate passing of legislation on that matter," the statement said.

"This outcome continues a proud NSW Young Nats tradition of working within The Nationals to push the envelope in terms of policy, challenging our senior counterparts and leading the debate on important issues to young people in regional NSW."

In June, NSW Premier Mike Baird offered support for a motion passed in the NSW lower house saying MPs should be free to express their views on same-sex marriage.

Federal Nationals MPs Kevin Hogan, Darren Chester, and Nigel Scullion all announced their support of same-sex marriage in July.

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31/08/2015 12:22:06 PM

Call it what else you like, a completely new word ... but the definition and meaning of marriage has been has been solid for thousands of years....not something that should be messed with by any political envelope pushers.
Hilda Hereford
31/08/2015 3:04:08 PM

No doubt being able to say your married like a male/female marriage will cut the gay divorce rate in the bush?? I won't be voting National, so they'll be pleased about that! Few are thinking about the effect of these changes on humanity itself.
2/09/2015 1:29:29 PM

I wont be voting Nationals or Liberal if either party supports changing the marriage laws in such a way as to make it illegal to refuse to perform the marriage ceremony or in such a way as to ban people from publicly protesting against such changes.


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