Cathy McGowan: Member for Indi

Time to find another way forward on marriage equality

October 20, 2016
Contact: Jane Still

It’s time for parliament to find a way forward to resolve the marriage equality issue. That’s the message from Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan.

“It is so disappointing that this is still dragging on. Like many others I was looking forward to seeing a resolution on 11 February 2017,” Ms McGowan said.

“My first preference has always been for a conscience vote by the Parliament on marriage equality.

“In the absence of a conscience vote I agreed to support the plebiscite but this option is now gone. I call on all parties to come together in good faith to respectfully discuss the process from here.

“I look forward to working with the government and the opposition to resolve the issue as quickly as we can.”

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commented 2016-10-21 21:53:37 +1100
Hold on? She didn’t vote for the Pleb did she?
commented 2016-10-21 21:28:24 +1100
Thanks for voting yes on the pleb. You have lost my vote.
commented 2016-10-20 23:59:23 +1100
A Plebiscite is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It is an abnegation of Parliamentary democracy. It is the baby of the far right and religious groupings and would allow funding of a hateful and off-topic debate. My rights as a gay man are not ever to be the subject of a non-binding opinion poll. Neither should women’s rights or the rights of those of different races or of color. Truly disappointed in your vote for this policy which is much more a LNP Party Rooms issue than one about Marriage Equality. Plus the proposed law that might result is discriminatory and fails to separate church/state- civil celebrants should no more be able to deny me marriage than a mixed race couple. Like the vast majority of people in my position- I’d rather wait than have this poisonous, divisive, demeaning Plebiscite. I’m sorry that you felt unable to support these principles.
commented 2016-10-20 19:17:58 +1100
Agreed James,
A conscience vote is the only way this issue should be settled.
commented 2016-10-20 15:34:26 +1100
Well said James Fisk.
commented 2016-10-20 14:58:44 +1100
Hi, As a member of the community, I have to say I am deeply deeply against the plebicite. I for one would be harmed by the hate speech, as I am already every single day. The plebicite would magnify it to intolerable levels, and that is unacceptable to the future of our community, and society in general (IMO). Please use your influence to ensure that a conscience vote takes place!!