Legislation for marriage equality within 100 days of the election with full conscience vote. I believe this is the right thing to do. KRuddOriginal Tweet: https://twitter.com/KRuddMP/status/366497867143200768
From: Kevin RuddDate: 11 August 2013 7:54:53 PM AESTTo:Subject: It's Time:
If I am re-elected Prime Minister, I will support marriage equality legislation in the first 100 days of Parliament.
At this evening’s debate, I made that commitment to the Australian people.
If you think it’s time for marriage equality, I’d like you to stand with me and show the country that we think it's time:
I've been thinking about the meaning of marriage for a long time - and I won't hide the fact that this has been a journey for me. It is a difficult discussion, and I won't force this on anyone. It will be a free vote for members of the Labor Party.
But here is what I know: we are at our best when we give all Australians the same dignity, the same opportunity for happiness.
I believe that no matter who we love, we all should be able to make that same promise I was able to make to Therese over 30 years ago. That all of us should be allowed to marry the one we love.
I am the first Prime Minister of this country going into an election promising to support marriage equality. So if you support equal marriage, I will need your support.
This is an issue that is very personal to people. What moves us to take a stand on this issue can move others too. If you think it's time for marriage equality, share your story telling the country why.
Over the Easter weekend, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott reaffirmed he will stick by the Liberal Party’s policy that marriage is between a man and a woman. He said he would not allow this to be watered down by a conscience vote.Please thank him for keeping his word.
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