BY ASHLEY GARDINER
A BRUMBY Government minister has broken ranks with Cabinet colleagues and declared her support for same-sex marriage.
Maxine Morand, who is Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development, today confirmed she personally supported gay marriage.
Other ministers questioned, including Premier John Brumby, declined to answer the question directly, saying it was a federal matter.
Ms Morand gave a similar response, but when pressed, said: “I would support gay marriage.”
Attorney-General Rob Hulls said it was a federal matter, but that he had introduced reforms to end discrimination against gay people.
Police Minister James Merlino said: “What we have in Victoria is the appropriate response.”
Education Minister Bronwyn Pike has previously stated her support for same-sex marriage.
The questions follow a pledge by Greens candidate for Melbourne, Brian Walters, to introduce a gay marriage bill into the Victorian Parliament.
Mr Walters said he had legal advice suggesting that Victoria could have its own same-sex marriage laws.
“Recognising same sex relationships as having equal value to heterosexual relationships is basic to the dignity of gay and lesbian members of the community. Nothing short of marriage equality will do,” Mr Walters said.