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Penny Wong’s marriage equality motion passed by South Australian State ALP Conference / Right-faction amendment narrowly defeated (88 vs 92 votes) / 500 people attend rally outside ALP state conference
This media release was issued by the Australian Coalition for Equality on 27.11.10
The Australian Coalition for Equality today congratulated Penny Wong and the South Australian ALP state conference for passing a motion in support of marriage equality, “regardless of sexual orientation or gender” at 4:45pm today.
Moved by a representative of Rainbow Labor and seconded by Finance Minister Penny Wong, the resolution stated that “This Convention calls upon the ALP National Conference to amend the Platform to support the legal right of all adult couples in Australia to be married if they so choose, and for that marriage to be recognised and registered by law in Australia, regardless of the sexual orientation, or gender, of the parties to the marriage.”
Australian Coalition for Equality spokesperson Corey Irlam welcomed the move as a positive sign that the ALP was listening to the majority of Australians who want to see all couples being able to marry.
“The supporters of marriage equality in the South Australian ALP should be congratulated for their leadership in ensuring South Australia is an active participant in the marriage equality dialogue heading towards next year’s ALP National Conference.” said Mr Irlam.
“In particular, I welcome Senator Penny Wong for fulfilling her recent commitment to advocate for marriage equality within ALP forums.”
The debate at the conference is reported to have been a passionate debate with senior SA right-faction leader Senator Don Farrell echoing the concerns of SDA Union Boss Joe DeBruyn. Senator Farrell raised concerns that support for marriage equality would lose the ALP votes and unsuccessfully tried to water down the motion by seeking that South Australia not to form a position until the ALP National Conference in December 2012. The motion was lost 88 votes to 92 due to some union members affliated with the right-faction breaking ranks with their right-faction colleagues.
Organised by Equal Love Adelaide, 500 people rallied outside the state conference in support of marriage equality earlier this afternoon. Upper House South Australian ALP Ian Hunter spoke to the rally about his state-based marriage equality bill and spoke in support of the national ALP conference changing its position on marriage equality.
For further comment please contact Corey Irlam on 0401 738 996.
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