Same-sex marriage opinions splits Page election candidates

MARRIAGE equality continues to divide politicians this Federal Election.

The debate regarding changes to the Marriage Act is back on the radar after Prime Minister Kevin Rudd expressed support for legislative reform on ABC's Q & A program on Monday night.

Mr Rudd defended the right to marriage equality and said loving relationships should be "legally recognised".

In the Northern Rivers, the sitting member for Page echoed the Prime Minister's sentiments.

Member for Page Janelle Saffin said she had voted for marriage equality in Parliament in the past and continued to support a move to promote marriage between "loving couples".

"Marriage is important for families and loving relationships and when two people want to do that, it's a good thing."

Nationals candidate for Page Kevin Hogan said he felt "comfortable" with marriage equality but understood "important sections of the community were opposed to it".

He said the issue was a "referendum-type question" and if the community was in full support of changing legislation he would support the popular view.

Greens Page candidate Desley Banks and Richmond candidate Dawn Walker supported the right to marriage equality.

Christian Democrats Party candidate for Page Carol Ordish said same sex couples already had "legal equality".



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