Same-sex marriage on the brink
Wayne Swan, the former deputy prime minister has switched his position on marriage equality, conceding he was “wrong” to oppose it. New figures now put the Australian Federal Parliament on the brink of having enough support to legislate same-sex marriage.
Australian Marriage Equality figures show that Parliament is on the brink of having enough support to legislate same-sex marriage, needing just four more votes to pass a bill in the House of Representatives. In the Senate, it is calculated a bill could pass with a majority of one.
In a sign of the growing momentum in Canberra, Mr Swan has announced he now supports same-sex marriage. The member for Lilley in Brisbane opposed same-sex marriage during the Labor years in government, voting against the reform when it came before Parliament in 2012.
Mr Swan told Fairfax Media he had found it "increasingly difficult" to reconcile his views about same-sex marriage with his support for economic and social equality.
"I've come to the conclusion that, basically, I was wrong," he said.
In the wake of a raft of Labor MPs recently declaring their support for same-sex marriage, including Chris Bowen, Ed Husic and Bernie Ripoll, AME has done a fresh calculation of support for the reform in Federal Parliament. It also says 13 unnamed Coalition MPs have switched their position to supporting same-sex marriage since the start of the year.
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