Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard will defy a push by Labor party Left faction powerbrokers for a formal position on gay marriage by backing calls to offer MPs a conscience vote, reports news.com.au.
Senior ministers are declaring their support for gay marriage as the ALP prepares to back a free vote on same-sex marriage laws.
A conscience vote on gay marriage is now the expected compromise at the ALP conference in December.
The Left will still push for a clear statement of support for gay marriage in the ALP platform, but with the Right faction split on the issue a conscience vote is most likely.
Finance Minister Penny Wong, who is expecting her first child with partner Sophie Allouache, wrote on the Rainbow Labor website: "I will be supporting change in the party's stance for marriage equality at the ALP's National Conference."
However, the Australian Christian Lobby said the Prime Minister would break an election promise if laws are brought before this parliament because, during a taped interview, she vowed not to change the position.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard seeks conscience vote on same-sex marriage (news.com.au)
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