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See this lesbian MP give a tear jerking speech on same-sex marriage

Joe Williams July 27, 2015

Penny Wong spoke of the importance of same-sex marriage and the ongoing fight for equality in Australia.

Wong – who is the current Leader of the Opposition in the Senate – received a 30-second standing ovation before delivering an emotional speech on same-sex marriage at the Labor Party national conference.

Ms Wong was visibly moved by the strong show of support, wiping away tears before thanking her colleagues.

“That was a very kind thing to do,” she said.

In a touching speech, the Senator shared 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,” she said.

“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,” Wong continued.

Ms Wong is the country’s most high profile LGBT politician, after coming out post-election in 2001. Her impassioned address was delivered on the same day Labor leader Bill Shorten promised to legalise same-sex marriage within 100 days if he is elected prime minister in 2016.

The Labor Party leader has also confirmed its MPs will be given a free vote on upcoming same-sex marriage legislation – and will not be forced to vote in favour.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott is a staunch opponent of equal marriage, but is facing pressure to allow his MPs a free vote on a cross-party marriage bill, following progress in Ireland and the United States.

“Progress is never easily won. Reform is never easily won,” added Ms Wong. “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.”

Wong walked off the stage in style, catching a rainbow flag from a fan, to even more cheers and applause.

Watch the speech in full below:

More: Australia, Australia, Bill Shorten, Labor party, LGBT rights, penny wong, Prime Minister Tony Abbott, same sex marriage

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