#1037 for broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 22 Feb 2015
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley has announced he supports the legalisation of same sex marriage, and if a bill returned to the NSW Parliament he would “treat it on its merits.”
Mr Foley says he grew up with a very traditional view of marriage, but he also believed in promoting equality, including marriage equality. He says civil partnerships are not enough.
During debate on same sex marriage laws in 2012, Mr Foley said he believed homosexual relationships were different from married relationships, and that a ”procreative relationship open to the possibility of children” was an ”essential feature of marriage.”
With the possibility of being elected NSW Premier by the end of next month, it seems Mr Foley has changed his mind – or had it changed for him.
The NSW Council of Churches opposes same sex marriage and in 2013 called on Premier Barry O’Farrell not to support marriage law reform.
I’m Rod Benson for the NSW Council of Churches.