MEMBER for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore believes same-sex marriages should be allowed.
With the push for a conscience vote on same-sex marriage gathering support inside the Federal Labor caucus, Ms Livermore yesterday revealed that if this occurred she would vote in favour.
The Morning Bulletin approached Ms Livermore after Sydney gay rights activist Gary Burns accused her of doing nothing about tackling homophobia in her electorate.
“You've asked me a hypothetical question about how I would vote on homosexual marriage,” she said.
“I would vote yes, in favour of homosexual marriage.”
Ms Livermore was one of only a small number of politicians to indicate their position.
She said she had no intentions of crossing the floor of parliament over the issue.
Ms Livermore pointed out she had previously supported all legislative changes in favour of equal rights over her 12 years as Member for Capricornia.
Labor supported an amended motion for members of parliament to gauge their constituents' views on ways to achieve equal treatment for same-sex couples including marriage.
She said that while she had not yet made plans on how this would be done, she would consult widely with the electorate about the issue.
The Bully's online poll posing the question “Do you believe that homosexuality is immoral?” at about 5.30pm yesterday showed 70% of the 226 participants believed it wasn't.
The Bully online poll results
Do you believe that homosexuality is immoral?
Yes: 27% or 62 / 226
No: 70% or 159 / 226
Unsure: 2% or 5 / 226
Do you support same-sex marriage?
Yes: 50% or 35 / 69
No: 49% or 34 / 69