MP Elliot supports same-sex marriage
LOCAL MP Justine Elliott has made a stand on gay marriage, despite many of her Labor colleagues voting against the bill to amend the Marriage Act in Parliament yesterday.
"I voted in Parliament to support marriage equality because in my opinion it was the right thing to do," Mrs Elliott told My Daily News.
"I believe that marriage is a fundamental human right between two individuals and we can't continue to discriminate against same sex couples.
"We need to send a message that it is surely a basic right for each of us to be able to marry the person that we love."
Mrs Elliot was among the Labor MPs who voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, but ALP backbencher Stephen Jones's private members' bill to amend the Marriage Act was defeated 98-42.
Coalition MPs voted against the bill, with opposition leader Tony Abbott deciding against allowing a conscience vote on the issue.
Mrs Elliot was one of 38 government MPs to vote for the bill.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and a number of other prominent government ministers voted against the bill, including treasurer Wayne Swan and former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
Ten of the 17 Cabinet Ministers in the lower house, Green Adam Bandt and independents Andrew Wilkie, Rob Oakeshott and Craig Thomson voted for same sex marriage.