“The day is fast approaching that we will have marriage equality in Australia. The momentum is building and proponents and supporters won't stop until it is achieved.” – Sue Pennicuik MLC, Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson
Greens MPs in Tasmania, SA, WA, ACT and NSW have tabled marriage equality bills. In Victoria, on 6 June last year – the day of the Transit of Venus, Sue second read her Marriage Equality Bill 2012 in the Victorian parliament. At the time, Premier Baillieu indicated that there would not be a conscience vote for the Liberal party.
The Greens have legal advice that state based, same sex marriage would be lawful and would not contradict the Marriage Act 1960, which expressly rules out same-sex marriage. A recent NSW parliamentary Inquiry found that 'the New South Wales Parliament has the power to legislate on the topic of marriage, including same-sex marriage' [and by extension, other state parliaments would too.]
Marriage Equality is simply about equality before the law and the elimination of discrimination.
If we keep pushing, we will win.
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