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Greens move to refer marriage equality bill to a senate inquiry

The Greens have today announced they will refer their marriage equality bill to a senate inquiry to increase the chances of it passing so that same-sex couples can have full legal recognition of their public declaration of love.

"Our Marriage (Equality) Amendment Bill 2010 has been on the table in parliament for more than a year and I believe having it passed is achievable if done right," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

She made the announcement in Canberra along with Alex Greenwich, National Convenor of Australian Marriage Equality.

"Sending it to an inquiry will let MPs raise questions and suggest amendments because we know there are still members of parliament who have yet to make up their minds," Sen. Hanson-Young said.

"This will also give those in the community who are already convinced that these reforms should happen an opportunity to tell their MPs why.

"The Greens are doing this with a spirit of goodwill and call on Labor and the Coalition to back the referral.

"With Labor giving their members a free vote, it's important Coalition MPs are given the same which we hope will lead to enough MPs saying yes to marriage equality.

"The Greens are doing this because it's a human right for all couples to be treated equally, not discriminated against because of whom they love.

"We're encouraged by the announcement from Olivia Newton-John, Hugh Jackman and other high profile Australians who are lending their voices to this campaign."

 

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