ANOTHER local political figure has poured cold water on a push for same-sex marriage in Australia, saying we should not take notes from a country that allows people to carry guns.
Councillor Paul Funnell followed the lead of Member for Riverina Michael McCormack, denying the United States was a shining political example.
“I believe it’s garbage that 60 to 70 per cent of Australians want same-sex marriage to be legalised,” Cr Funnell said.
“What happened in America is an issue for the US … we can’t pick and choose what we follow them in,” he said, citing “gun crime” as a US political failing.
Both Cr Funnell and Mr McCormack supported calls for a referendum.
“We should let the people decide,” Cr Funnell said.
Member for Wagga Daryl Maguire maintained he was personally against same-sex marriage and the issue was not a state one.
“It not a matter of the state government, it’s a matter the federal parliament will have to decide," Mr Maguire said.
“They (the public) understand that it’s a federal issue, I don’t get to vote on it.
“My personal view is well known … I don’t believe in same-sex marriage.”
A Daily Advertiser poll on the matter revealed just over 86 per cent of readers believed it was time for same-sex marriage to be legalised in Australia.
Just over 12 per cent did not agree with the push.
Around 1 per cent remained undecided.
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