The Australian Greens send their congratulations to the Tasmanian Lower House for passing the co-sponsored Marriage Equality Bill and becoming the first Australian house of parliament to legislate for marriage equality.
"This is a historic day for Tasmania and I send my heartfelt congratulations to the Tasmanian Government for taking action on this important reform," said Greens' spokesperson for human rights Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
"I am extremely proud of the Tasmanian Greens, in particular my colleague Minister Nick McKim, who have fought long and hard for this issue at a state level.
"The progress of this legislation will not only strengthen the relationships of same-sex couples, but send a positive message to young gay and lesbian Australians that they are equal under the law and that their relationships are valued.
"Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have been put to shame today by their state counterparts. If this reform continues to be blocked by the old parties at a federal level, the states and territories will take the lead and do what they know is right.
"Marriage equality matters and the Tasmanian Parliament has proven that today - it is now time for our federal representatives to embrace marriage equality for all Australian couples and get on the right side of history.
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