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All candidates to have same-sex marriage views published

THE push for same-sex marriage is being made personal, with advocates to publish the views of all Federal Election candidates prior to the September 7 poll.

Australian Marriage Equality campaigners aims to quiz every candidate from major parties on where they stand on gay marriage, encouraging voters to back the views of individual candidates not the stance of the parties.

National director Rodney Croome said polling showed there was majority support for marriage equality in every electorate in Australia, although younger voters were the most passionate.

He said it was not an issue just for the tribes of the inner city, but for young Australians wherever they live.

"Marriage equality won't be achieved by one particular party," he said.

"It will be achieved by individual MPs."

Before the end of the week, AME will launch its "vote4me.com.au" website to allow voters to find where their candidates stand.

The website will be just one part of a multi-pronged campaign, involving direct mail, social and other media and community events.

The Greens supports marriage equality as policy, Labor plans to allow a conscience vote but the Coalition does not.

Mr Croome said he understood two-thirds of the Coalition supported giving MPs a choice on the issue, although a portion of that did not support same-sex marriage.

Topics:  federal election 2013 same-sex marriage


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