The Greens have announced they will bring on a vote for Marriage Equality this year. The Party has set down dates in the Senate for debate to commence and a vote to be held on the Greens Senator Hanson-Young's private members bill currently before the Senate.
Debate on the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill to commence on 18 June 2015
Vote on the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill on 12 November 2015
SENATOR SARAH HANSON-YOUNG : GREENS SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA & SPONSOR of MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL
"The Australian Greens welcomed the historic vote of 'YES' for same sex marriage in Ireland and the time is now right for Australia to follow suit", Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
"It doesn't matter if you're gay or straight, all Australians deserve to be treated equal before the law.
"Gay and Lesbian Australians deserve better than being treated as second-class citizens, it's well time the Parliament acted.
"Cupid doesn't discriminate and neither should the law.
"The time is ripe for marriage equality in Australia. There's more MPs in support of marriage equality now than there's ever been and it's time we got on with ending discrimination.
"Spring is the season for love, a vote on November 12 would be a great way to celebrate marriage equality.
SENATOR JANET RICE : GREENS SENATOR FOR VICTORIA & GREENS LGBTI SPOKESPERSON
"The time for marriage equality has well and truly come," said the Greens new LGBTI & marriage equality spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.
"The rest of the world is leaving us behind, with Ireland and 21 other countries leading the way.
"Marriage equality in Australia will go a long way towards removing the systemic discrimination and inequality faced by so many LGBTI Australians and their families.
"Every parliament, every time, the Greens stand for equality of LGBTI Australians and their families.
"I say - bring it on!"
Media Contact: Stephen Henderson (Senator Sarah Hanson-Young) 0427 604 760
Media Contact: Sam Drummond (Senator Janet Rice) 0400 352 935