More federal Labor Party MPs are seeking the views of their constituents on same-sex marriage, while a former party leader has reported strong support on the issue in his electorate.

School Education, Early Childhood and Youth Minister Peter Garrett has encouraged residents in his seat of Kingsford-Smith (NSW) to contact him with their views. Chisholm (Vic) MP Anna Bourke also wants to hear from her constituents.

“Same-sex marriage has emerged as an issue for debate in federal politics,” a notice on Bourke’s website reads. “Your opinion matters to me, so please feel free to email me with your thoughts on this issue.”

Employment Participation and Childcare and the Status of Women Minister Kate Ellis is seeking constituents’ views in her seat of Adelaide, as is Richmond (NSW) MP Justine Elliot.

Former Labor leader and current regional development minister Simon Crean told media that most feedback he has received in his Hotham (Vic) electorate was for marriage equality, and that which was not came from religious groups.

Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich said it was a “great sign” to see more MPs seeking the views of the people they represented.

“They all voted for [federal Greens MP for Melbourne] Adam Bandt’s motion which compelled them to do so, so it’s good to see them following through,” Greenwich said.

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