Malcolm Turnbull backs equality because he is conservative

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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his Ministry during a press conference at Parliament House on September 20, 2015 in Canberra, Australia. Malcolm Turnbull was sworn in as Prime Minister on Tuesday after defeating Tony Abbott in a leadership ballot. (Photo by Stefan Postles/Getty Images)

Australia’s Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has backed equal marriage however damaging the issue was fort his own reputation. Though Mr Turnbull has largely stayed out of the fray so far and has seldom spoken out against anti-LGBT campaigners during the campaign, his appearance on public had not been announced in advance though he personally launched the ‘yes’ campaign in the biggest Australian cities. “Throughout my public life I’ve sought to ensure same-sex couples are not discriminated against and their entitlements – be it in respect of medical benefits, taxation, superannuation or employment – are no different to those afforded to heterosexual couples. Why then shouldn’t those same rights now be extended to marriage?” the PM asked, addressing to the ‘no’ campaigners with a massage that nothing bad has happened in countries which have same-sex marriages legalized. And traditional marriages (meaning heterosexual marriage) still exists there as before.

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