Marriage spotlight on Markus

July 22, 2015 in News by Peter Hackney

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Pressure is being brought to bear on local MP Louise Markus, with local activists issuing a “call-out” for marriage equality.

NSW Co-Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality, Katoomba resident Malcolm McPherson, said he was organising a delegation of local LGBTI residents to meet the Liberal MP.

Ms Markus, member for the federal seat of Macquarie – which takes in much of the Blue Mountains – is on the record as opposing same-sex marriage.

“The debate on marriage equality is shortly going to hit the Australian parliament once again,” said Mr McPherson.

“Success is not inevitable. The politicians need to hear from us. We are planning visits by mountains people to see Louise Markus, our federal local member.”

Mr McPherson said people interested in joining a delegation to see Ms Markus could email him via

He also encouraged local constituents to contact Ms Markus and make their views known directly, if preferred.

“If you prefer to contact Louise Markus directly, her number is (02) 4577 2631 and email,” said Mr McPherson.

The push for same-sex marriage in Australia has gained new momentum in recent months, with Ireland and the United States achieving marriage equality in May and June, respectively.

A private members bill co-sponsored by coalition MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro will be introduced to the Australian Parliament in August.

Peter Hackney

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Louise Markus. Image via

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Louise Markus. Image via