Standing up for Canberra

Call for Tony Abbott to allow same-sex marriage conscience vote

I am very disappointed with the decision today by the High Court to strike out the territory’s same-sex marriage law.

This is a sad day for those same-sex couples that took advantage of the ACT’s ground-breaking legislation and tied the knot since Saturday. 

I commend ACT Labor on its efforts to advance the cause of equality.

I also respect the decision of the High Court. 

The Prime Minister must now deliver on his pledge that the Liberal Party room will revisit the question of whether to have a conscience vote on same-sex marriage. 

The Abbott Government chose to mount this legal challenge at a cost to taxpayers when this is an inherently political decision that should be decided in the Federal Parliament.