Victorian Opposition leader Daniel Andrews says he supports same-sex marriage.
“I, like a growing number of Victorians, believe that it’s unfair that same-sex couples in Victoria — indeed right across Australia — are not able to exercise the option,” Andrews told the ABC’s 7.30 Victoria.
“The Commonwealth Marriage Act obviously is a federal act. I think that a growing number of Victorians and Australians are coming to the view that this is unfair.”
Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg welcomed Andrews’ comments.
“I am so pleased that Daniel Andrews has joined the many thousands of Australians who support the rights for equal marriage, not just for Victorians but for all Australians,” she said.
“Let’s hope this encourages others to follow suit and express their support before the Labor Party discusses the issue at its national conference in December.”
Hogg said Andrews has been invited to speak at the next Equal Love rally on August 13.
Andrews’ comments put him at odds with Prime Minister Julia Gillard who has consistently voiced her opposition to change. The Victorian branch of the Labor Party, however, passed a motion in 2009 supporting gay marriage.