Penny Wong has spoken out on the importance of both same-sex marriage, and the ongoing fight for equality for Australia, in a recent speech.
Penny, who is the current leader of the opposition in the Senate, was rewarded with a 30 second standing ovation after she gave her speech about same-sex marriage at the Labor Party national conference.
Penny was visibly moved by the show of support, as she was seen wiping away tears as she thanked everyone who had applauded her. She said: “That was a very kind thing to do.”
In her speech, Penny touched on some of her proudest moments during her time in the Labor party: “Many of us were here in 2011 when this party voted to put a commitment in our platform for marriage equality. I don’t think I’ve had a prouder day as a member of the Labor Party and I will be prouder still when we deliver marriage equality in law. There is nothing to fear from equality.”
Penny’s speech had some extra punch to it, as it was delivered on the same day that Labor leader Bill Shorten promised to legalise same-sex marriage within 100 days, if he is elected in 2016.
This only adds to the pressure currently faced by Prime Minister Tony Abbot, who is a very vocal opponent to marriage equality. He is also facing extra pressure from outside the country, due to the recent show of progress in the US and Ireland.
Penny went on to say: “Progress is never easily won. Reform is never easily won. LGBTI Australians deserve equal treatment before the law. The aspiration for equality is remarkably persistent. We will continue until we win. Marriage equality is a campaign of hope. It is a campaign of justice.”
“It is a campaign of equality, but most of all, delegates – and this is why we will win – it is a campaign for those we love. For our partners, for our friends, our sisters, our brothers, our sons and our daughters, I commend this resolution to the floor and I thank you all.”
Watch the full speech below, and bring the tissues.