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Watch: Lesbian Australia MP tears up during emotional speech on gay marriage

Watch: Lesbian Australia MP tears up during emotional speech on gay marriage

Lesbian Senator Penny Wong delivers emotional speech on gay marriage at the Australian Labor Party conference.

Australia’s highest profile LGBTI politician received a 30-second standing ovation before delivering an emotional speech on gay marriage at the Labor Party national conference Sunday (26 July).

Penny Wong wiped away tears and took a deep breath before thanking her colleagues.

‘That was a very kind thing to do,’ she said.

In the speech of her career, the opposition leader in the Senate recalled her proudest moment in the 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.’

Wong publicly came out soon after she was first elected to federal parliament in 2001 and has two daughters with her partner Sophie Allouache. Her address came on the same day Labor leader Bill Shorten promised to legalize gay marriage within 100 days if he is elected prime minister in 2016.

‘There is nothing to fear from equality,’ Wong continued.

‘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.’

Wong walked off the stage to more applause, catching a rainbow flag thrown her way by a supporter, Fairfax media reported.

Watch the speech in full below: