RIVERINA’s federal member must put his personal views aside and listen to the people who are crying out for marriage equality.
Wagga’s Mandy Crocker, who has been with her partner Katrina Crocker for five years, says America’s federal court ruling to make marriage equality a, right should force Australia into action.
Australians have flocked to social media showing their support for marriage equality. Many Facebook users have put a rainbow filter over their photos.
Member for Riverina Michael McCormack recently told the Advertiser he still believe marriage is the union between a man and woman, but would support a conscience vote.
Mandy said it was time Australians stopped having the same sex marriage debate and got on with legalising it.
“There are much more important issues that we should be focusing our attention on,” Mandy said.
“Marriage equality should have happened a long time ago.”
Cheryl Harvey, whose son is gay, said all her children should have the opportunity to marry their partners.
“My daughter is married and my son should be able to if he wants to too,” Ms Harvey said.
Mandy and Katrina were married in Canberra when same sex marriage was legalised for five days. They later married in New Zealand.
The couple hope their marriage will be legally recognised in Australia as early as this year.
"It’s very exciting news,” Mandy said of the changes in America.
“We woke up very excited that all Americans have the freedom to be married.”
Mandy urged the government to have a conscience vote and make the possibility of marriage a reality for thousands of Australians.
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