“Same-sex marriage is just another principle that has been adapted for the good into First Nations society, particularly in the more urban areas. Obviously our people know what it is like to be discriminated against and to feel the brunt of racism at all levels. The Marriage Act is discriminatory and must be amended.”
“Mr Bergmann said all of the Aboriginal people he had spoken to about the issue were strongly in favour of same-sex marriage and he believed the elders who signed the bark petition were “out of touch with reality”.
“I believe that they’re being led like sheep and the wool is being pulled over their eyes,” he said.
Mr Bergmann said disadvantaged people, including the gay community, had always been strong advocates for indigenous rights.
“So we need to back up our sisters and brothers who find themselves in this position,” he said.
“I’m calling on all Aboriginal people around the country to show their support for gay and lesbian people to be treated equally before the law and have the same choice as we do.””