Young Nationals back gay marriage, call for conscience vote

THE Young Nationals have thrown their support behind the gay marriage push by backing a resolution which puts pressure on the LNP to allow a conscience vote.

The annual conference of the NSW Young Nationals passed three resolutions, one of which supported marriage equality.

The motion supporting gay marriage reportedly drew 'spirited debate' but was narrowly won.

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, applauded the outcome in a statement on Monday.

"Marriage equality isn't an issue for the right or left, but for all Australians who believe in fairness."

"The Young National's decision sends a message to leaders of the Coalition Government that they are are out of step with young voters, including young conservatives."

"I welcome the Young Nationals standing up for the Coalition's tradition of allowing free votes at a time when their seniors seem to have lost sight of that tradition."

The NSW Young Nationals passed three resolutions: They

1) reaffirmed the 2012 decision of the Young Nationals in support of a conscience vote on marriage equality;

2) expressed disappointment and disillusionment at the decision of Federal Nationals to deny Coalition members a conscience vote;

3) supported marriage equality.

Another motion limiting marriage to heterosexual unions was defeated.

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