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At the time she said legal recognition for pairings based on love was “perfectly reasonable”, regardless of gender.
The renewed debate about gay marriage yesterday alarmed the Australian Christian Lobby, which called on the Labor party not to “discard its election promise on marriage”.
The conservative lobby group's chief of staff, Lyle Shelton, said delegates to the national ALP conference in December should continue to support marriage as being between one man and one woman.
“To have Labor fixated on a political trophy being sought by the activist component of 2 per cent of the population when ordinary Australians are more concerned about cost of living pressures and the social environment in which they raise their children risks alienating mainstream voters,” he said in a statement.
The Australian Marriage Equality lobby group argued changes to the Marriage Act had widespread community support.
Last year,another Galaxy pollsuggested that 62 per cent of Australians agreed that gay and lesbian couples should be able to marry.
The question was asked after the 1050 respondents were reminded that same-sex marriage had been legalised in countries such as Argentina, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, South Africa and Spain, as well as parts of the United States and Mexico.
That poll was also commissioned by AME and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
In April, Queensland Liberal National Party leader Campbell Newman said hepersonally supported gay marriagebut he did not detect a "strong move" in the community to change the law so he would not push for amendments.
He told Sky News there were "more important issues right now facing the people of Queensland".