Resident and MP duel over marriage equality

Nick Margetic created an online petition for people to show their support for marriage equality. d410463
Nick Margetic created an online petition for people to show their support for marriage equality. d410463

‘I contacted my Member of Parliament to express my support in the fight for marriage equality,’ he said.

‘I received an email back explaining that his perception is that the majority of his electorate is against reforms to the Marriage Act.’

The Halls Head resident said he thought the electorate was in favour of marriage equality and created an online petition for people to show their support.

‘I believe that same sex couples should be allowed to marry, because denying them this right is suggesting they belong to a second class of citizens,’ he said.

‘Their love and relationships are just as legitimate as any heterosexual couple.’

But Mr Randall said his views were unchanged.

‘To truly determine if a majority support is present for same sex-marriage in the Canning electorate, it could only be conducted through an extensive, registered survey or referendum rather than media-based campaigns,’ he said.

Mr Margetic said politicians who opposed changing the Marriage Act thought they were representing their constituents but were relying on outdated polling and feedback.

‘This movement has gained massive momentum and support over the past few years with the latest polls suggesting upwards of 60 per cent of Australians are now in support,’ he said.

‘It’s time for our politicians to notice.

‘I believe it is only a small minority that do legitimately oppose same sex marriage.

‘Unfortunately, I do think there is a large number of Australians who do not oppose this, but just don’t see it as their issue to fight for.

‘My hope is that these people will start showing their support for this cause rather than sitting on the sidelines.’

The petition is at change.org/en-AU/petitions/ the-division-of-canning-support-equal-gay-marriage-in-western-australia