The Australian has reported this week that Prime Minister Julia Gillard won’t necessarily rule out clearing the way for a vote to introduce same-sex marriage in the parliament if Labor members change the party’s policy at the national conference.
What this means is that if same-sex marriage is put up for a vote at the national conference in December and is passed then Ms Gillard won’t necessarily overrule the decision, which she has the power to do under party conventions.
Whilst Ms Gillard says she supports marriage between a man and a woman and traditional values, it will be a test of her leadership if she’ll sway to party factions or make this an issue she’s willing to defend politically if the party’s position on marriage is altered. It’s one thing to say she personally supports marriage and another to stand up for it politically. She still hasn’t made up her mind about this which is why it’s important people continue to write to their local MPs showing why they support the current definition of marriage.
Prior to the ALP’s last national conference in mid-2008, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd personally intervened in the party’s debate on marriage to encourage and ensure it remained committed to the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.
It’s been very encouraging to see more than 20,000 signatures to the ACL’s petition for marriage on Makeastand.org.au since it was launched two months ago. The Makeastand.org.au website provides a list of article to the issue that is worth reading. One of the best things you can do is to continue to be informed about the importance of marriage and how society could be impacted if it’s changed.