The Australian Greens announced today that they will start debate on Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's marriage equality bill in the Senate this Thursday.
"With support for same-sex marriage at its highest ever now is the right time to kick off serious consideration of my marriage equality bill in the Senate" said Greens' human rights spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who announced the move during an appearance on ABC's Insiders program this morning.
"The Greens' marriage equality bill in the Senate has the strongest cross party support and it's time to get the ball rolling in the federal Parliament on this inevitable reform.
"The Senate inquiry into my bill reported back with a clear recommendation that federal marriage laws be changed to give all people the right to marry, which was endorsed by Senators from all parties.
"I'll be asking all Senators to take a good look at the growing momentum for marriage equality in the community and the leadership shown by Tasmanian and South Australian Labor Premiers.
"I hope all Senators will approach the debate with an open mind to give my bill the best chances of finally allowing equality for all couples in Australia, regardless of their sexuality or the state they live in.
"The majority of Coalition voters support marriage equality want Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a conscience vote on the issue in both houses of federal parliament and stop delaying the inevitable.
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