KEVIN Rudd's passionate defence of gay marriage on Q&A this week has reignited what has otherwise been a stagnate electoral issue.
However The Queanbeyan Age spoke to both major party candidates for Eden-Monaro on this issue to canvas their views.
Liberal candidate Peter Hendy said his position on same-sex marriage remained unchanged.
"I have no plans to change the marriage act, and after the election, if the party room of the Coalition wishes to review that issue, it'll depend on the composition of the party room," Mr Hendy said.
"I support the Coalition's view coming into the election and that's my position," he said.
In terms of what election issues were important to the Coalition in Eden-Monaro, Mr Hendy said social concerns were not a leading priority.
"In this particular election it's principally economic issues, not just here in Queanbeyan but across the electorate. Electricity prices are the single biggest thing that's been raised with me and then we're the only party that has a policy that will do something specifically about electricity prices because we're going to abolish the carbon tax and ease pressure on electricity prices."
But after changing sides on the issue, Mr Rudd gained some applause from within his party.
Federal Labor member for Eden-Monaro, Mike Kelly, likened the issue to his personal shaving-mirror test.
"I've always made up my own mind on issues like this determining effectively what the right thing to do is. I'm not really concerned about what this issue means in terms of politics or votes," he said.
"I came from a very strict Christian upbringing myself, and one thing I know is that not in one of the teachings of Jesus Christ did he attack homosexuals at all. He said love thy neighbour. He didn't specify who that neighbour was."
With a background in the Australian Defence Force where bullying used to be rife, Kelly speaks with experience.
"One of these things that's helped me come to this position is that I've served alongside gay and lesbian persons in the Australian Defence Force. If they're prepared to die for us, supporting this is the least we can do," he said.
Dr Kelly also criticised the Coalition for its stance on the issue.
"Mr Abbott is a major impediment to moving forward on this," Mr Kelly said.
""For some who still want to demonise and vilify, this is the last discriminatory hook left where they can point to them being different," he said.
"As far as [discriminatory] policy is concerned, this is the last frontier."