Still of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on ABC TV's Q&A; program.
Still of Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on ABC TV's Q&A; program.

Rudd puts debate over gay marriage put back on the agenda

MARRIAGE equality continues to divide politicians this Federal Election.

The debate regarding changes to the Marriage Act is back on the radar after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd expressed support for legislative reform on ABC's Q & A program on Monday night.

Mr Rudd defended the right to marriage equality and said loving relationships should be "legally recognised".

In the Northern Rivers, sitting members for Page and Richmond echoed the Prime Minister's sentiments.

Member for Page Janelle Saffin said she had voted for marriage equality in Parliament in the past and continued to support a move to promote marriage between "loving couples".

"I support marriage equality," Ms Saffin said.

"Marriage is important for families and loving relationships and when two people want to do that, it's a good thing."

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot said she also supported a move toward marriage equality.

"I think if two people love each other they should be able to get married," Ms Elliot said.

Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan said he felt "comfortable" with the idea of marriage equality but understood "important sections of the community were opposed to it".

He said the issue was a "referendum-type question" and if the community were in full support of changing legislation he would support the popular view.

However, Nationals Candidate for Richmond Matthew Fraser said his party's position was that the Marriage Act should not be changed but the Nationals would "move with the times" based on public views.

Greens Page candidate Desley Banks and Richmond candidate Dawn Walker said the Greens support the right to marriage equality.

"The Greens believe this is what Australia wants," Ms Walker said.

Christian Democrats Party candidate for Page Carol Ordish said same sex couples already had "legal equality" under Australian law.

"Marriage is between one man and one woman and any culture straying from this has disintegrated," Ms Ordish said.



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