The Greens will be reintroducing their marriage equality bill into the Senate today after the UK House of Commons passed legislation bringing about this essential reform.
“Australia is falling behind the rest of the world when it comes to marriage equality and I will now be reintroducing my bill into the Senate,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.
“I am reintroducing my marriage equality bill in an effort to bring about this essential reform because, in an election year, the Australian people have a chance to make their voices heard.
“I congratulate David Cameron for working to bring about this reform and look forward to the day when we see political leadership on this issue in our own country.
“While the majority of marriages in Australia are conducted by civil celebrants my bill, like the British bill, also preserves churches and religious organisations’ right to choose which couples they wish to marry.
“If politicians, including conservatives, in England have the courage to represent their public on this issue, why can’t the Australian Parliament do the same?
“The majority of Australians support marriage equality and now it is not a question of if, but when, the government will choose to listen to the people on this issue.
“Do we, as a nation, want to fall further behind on this essential reform or do we want to join our allies in the modern world by allowing gay and lesbian Australians to marry the person they love?
“Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have ganged up to vote down marriage equality bills in the past, but the Greens will continue to fight for a more caring and progressive future.”
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