Julie Bishop backs same-sex marriage, calls for vote
MARRIAGE equality advocates have welcomed an endorsement by Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, who says she has "absolutely no concerns" about same-sex unions.
The Cabinet minister had previously kept her views private, declining to comment on her personal stance.
But she told Channel Ten's The Project she supported the rights of gay and lesbian couples to marry, as well as a proposal to hold a plebiscite on the issue.
"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.
"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."