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Greens to seize momentum on marriage equality

The Australian Greens have announced today they will reintroduce their marriage equality bill into both houses of parliament when sittings resume in early 2012.

Seizing on the momentum of the ALP's decision on marriage equality, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young invited both Labor and Liberal members to co-sign her bill.

"Marriage equality and fairness for all is about love and should be above politics," the Greens' marriage equality spokesperson said.

"With support from members from all sides, I believe these bills can pass in time for the spring wedding season."

The Greens senator has called on Tony Abbott to allow members of the coalition to have a conscience vote.

"Individual members of the Liberal party have a proud history of crossing the floor on important pieces of legislation. I call on members of the Liberal party to exercise the freedom their party gives them on issues they believe in.

"The Australian Greens have been leading the way on marriage equality for more than a decade. We welcome the change in the ALP's platform as agreed at their national conference but we are disappointed some Labor members will be able to opt out of removing discrimination. True equality does not have an opt-out clause.

"Cupid doesn't discriminate and neither should the law."


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