“it’s pretty clear she made two objections — one based on racial grounds, and the other on gay rights. (It shows) we are way more tolerant of gay rights than we are of indigenous seeking equality.”
“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.””