Foreign Minister and Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has publicly declared that she is in favour of marriage equality.
Bishop who has long kept her personal position on the issue to herself made the announcement on Channel 10’s The Project, nonchalantly stating that she had no qualms with a change to the Marriage Act and that she is happy that all Australians will get to have their voices heard.
“I have absolutely no concerns about it myself, but I know there a lot of people who are deeply concerned about the issue,” Ms Bishop said when questioned about her stance on the matter by host Carrie Bickmore.
“That’s why I think a plebiscite, where the Australian people get to have a vote on it, on an issue as fundamental as this, that goes to the very composition of our community, the way we feel about each other, how we treat each other. I think the Australian people should have their say.”
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While serving as Deputy Prime Minister under former PM Tony Abbott, Bishop showed loyalty to her leader by not taking a public stand against his position, although she did hint towards her support on numerous occasions.
While new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull supports marriage equality, he and Bishop remain in the minority within their party on the matter who voted in June to hold a national plebiscite after the next federal election rather than allow the parliament to decide with a conscience vote.