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Latham flirts with prejudice over gay marriage ban.



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Kerry Nettle, Senator for New South Wales

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04.02.02

Latham flirts with prejudice over gay marriage ban

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today expressed concern at comments made by Opposition leader Mark Latham that rule out a future Labor government's support for gay marriage.

"In trying to out 'Howard' Howard Mr Latham appears to be willing to flirt with prejudice against the gay and lesbian community," Senator Nettle said.

"The Greens support those same sex couples who wish to get married to have the same opportunity as anyone else to do so.

"There should be no discrimination in the financial and legal entitlements that accrue to couples whether they are married or in de facto relationships, or whether they are gay or straight.

"Mr Latham has spoken of the importance of leadership in building community values, but he has failed in this instance to show leadership in dispelling discriminatory views regarding the lesbian and gay community.

"The Labor party has consistently ducked this issue, choosing to hide behind a dubious legal claim that same sex marriages could be ruled unconstitutional.

"Prejudice will continue whilst those in positions of leadership run scared of it's power.

"Australia should be following the lead of countries like Canada, Holland, France, and Germany in extending the same rights to same sex couples as heterosexual couples, including the right to get married.

The Greens will continue to espouse a progressive stance on this and other issues of discrimination, and speak out against the prejudice in the community.

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