MP says 'yes' to same-sex marriage

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FORMER Liberal leader Malcolm Turnbull has voiced his support for marriage equality, despite being forced to vote the party line on a Labor MP's bill to legislate for civil unions.

Mr Turnbull told the Federation Chamber in Canberra  yesterday that if a conscience vote was allowed on marriage equality, he would have voted for it.

"This whole issue drips with hypocrisy and the pools are deepest at the feet of the sanctimonious," he said.

"The reality is this: the threat to marriage, and to marriages, is not what gay people may do; it is lack of commitment, it is cruelty, it is indifference, it is adultery."

Mr Turnbull sent a message to the advocates for gay marriage, simply that the numbers were not there in this 43rd parliament, but he expected the number would be there "in due course".

Topics:  australian government civil unions gay labor liberal malcolm turnbull same-sex

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