Gearing up for this year’s federal election, Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) have written an open letter to federal parliamentarians asking them to vote in favour of same-sex marriage next time legislation is introduced to Parliament.

PFLAG national spokeswoman Shelley Argent called on federal politicians from all parties to look at Galaxy poll research which indicates 60 percent of Australians support gay marriage.

“As parents we want equality for our lesbian daughters and gay sons,” she wrote.

“We want them to have the right to be able to make the same choices as their heterosexual siblings, to be able to marry their partner if they wish.

“Marriage is about having your relationship recognised and respected by society.”

Argent said she believes the argument marriage is between a man and a woman is no longer relevant because the institution of marriage has evolved over the years.

“Times have changed, and we as a nation need to keep in step with other progressive countries by voting in favour of marriage equality the next time it is introduced into Parliament.”

A bill to amend the federal Marriage Act was rejected by the Senate in February, with 45 senators — in contrast to five pro-bill Greens senators — voting against it.

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