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Australian Greens welcome Tasmanian Marriage Equality Bill

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Sarah Hanson-Young 28 Aug 2012

The Australian Greens today welcomed the introduction of the Tasmanian Marriage Equality Bill, co-sponsored by Tasmanian Greens Minister Nick McKim and Premier Lara Giddings.

"It is wonderful to see true leadership being shown by Tasmania, it is now time for Julia Gillard to do the same," said the Greens' human rights spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young today.

"Congratulations to those in Tasmania, particularly the Greens who have fought long and hard for this issue at a state level.

"Same-sex couples deserve the same rights as every other couple to marry and have their relationship recognised in law. It is a the Federal Parliament's job to make sure this right is available to all couples regardless of the state they live in.

"Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are being shown up for being dinosaurs, stuck in the dark ages where inequality was justified by those who had the privilege of choice. It is time for both leaders to catch up with what the majority of Australians know is right, equal rights and respect under law.

"I continue to offer MPs from all sides an opportunity to co-sponsor my Marriage Equality Bill currently before the Senate. It is important to have a united voice for change if we are to achieve genuine reform at a federal level.

"There are also Greens' same-sex marriage bills before the Victorian and South Australian Parliaments and 62% support in the Australian community, so the writing is on the wall that it's time for Federal Parliament to take the discrimination out of federal marriage law.

"As a nation it is time to embrace marriage equality for all Australian couples, regardless of their sexuality or gender or the state they live in, so I call on the leaders of the old parties to stop standing in the way and be on the right side of history.

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