The NSW Outdoor Recreation Party is to change its tune on gay and lesbian issues after merging with the pro-same-sex marriage Liberal Democratic Party.
The parties merged to ensure representation on the ballots at the next federal and state election. The merged entity will run as LDP federally and as Outdoor Recreation in NSW.
During parliamentary debate on single-person adoption in 2000, the Outdoor Recreation Party’s Malcolm Jones MLC spoke out against gays and lesbians adopting.
“I am not saying that gays and lesbians are unfit to adopt, but I question whether it is the best circumstance for a child to be brought up [in],” Jones said.
In contrast, the libertarian LDP supports same-sex marriage and gay and lesbian adoption, and opposes internet censorship and drug prohibition.
LDP federal president and spokesman for the NSW Outdoor Recreation Party, Peter Whelan told Sydney Star Observer voters should expect the new entity to be a strong supporter of GLBT equality.
He said the LDP NSW had recruited gay and lesbian members at events such as Fair Day and Sexpo and hoped to see them active in the merged party.
Whelan also restated the LDP’s commitment to same-sex marriage at a federal level.

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