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ACT and Australia want marriage equality, not merely civil unions

The ACT government's decision to reintroduce legislation on civil union laws is another positive development, but falls short of marriage equality reforms Australians want at the federal level, the Australian Greens said today.

"Real reform will be made when the federal parliament passes marriage equality legislation, which will send a signal that same-sex couples are not considered under federal law as second-class citizens," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"As my ACT Greens colleague, Shane Rattenbury, says, the territory's civil union legislation must not distract from the main game - changes at the national level.

"The Greens will continue working to deliver marriage equality in the federal parliament. It is vital to any bill's success that it has support from MPs across all sides and is co-sponsored by Greens, Labor and Liberal members. Tony Abbott should also grant Coalition MPs a conscience vote so that the law is finally changed."

 

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