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Factions rule on marriage equality

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Sarah Hanson-Young 19 Sep 2012

A bill for marriage equality, which is supported by the majority of Australians, was voted down in the House of Representatives today.

“Despite the overwhelming community support for marriage equality Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott continue to stand in the way of reform,” Greens human rights spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said today.

“The majority of Australians support marriage equality, but today’s ‘no’ vote in the lower house has shown that the Australian parliament is failing the Australian people.

“Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are standing in the way of this inevitable reform and today they didn’t even have the courage to explain why to the Australian people on the floor of the house.

“The Labor Party’s factional bully-boys have killed this bill, truncated this debate and as a result gay and lesbian Australians and their families continue to be discriminated against.

“The Greens will continue to fight for marriage equality with our bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives; we are not giving up and time will show that supporters of marriage equality are on the right side of history.

“Julia Gillard has failed to show any leadership on this issue and Tony Abbott is continuing to block coalition MPs from voting with their conscience.

“Both leaders are out of step with the Australian people.

“This campaign has come such a long way because of the hard work of advocates in the community and while today the politicians have failed them, it is inevitable that they will soon prevail.”

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