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On eve of UK equality, Greens announce bill to recognise international same-sex marriages

 

On the eve of the first same-sex marriages in the UK, the Australian Greens have announced that they will introduce a bill giving legal recognition to international same-sex marriages in Australia.

"Gay and lesbian Australians shouldn't have to check their marriage licenses at the customs gate," the Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"While some of our closest allies are busily reaping the tourism rewards that come with marriage equality, Australia is stuck in the past.

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Greens’ motion supporting Sochi athletes passes Senate

 

A Greens' motion supporting Australian athletes at the Sochi Winter Olympics who have spoken out in support of the LGBTI community has passed the Senate today.

"Today the Senate showed its support for Australian athletes who are standing for the LGBTI community in Sochi," the Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"The Olympics are about celebrating human achievement. They're about inclusivity and excellence, they're not about discrimination.

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Sochi athletes need to be congratulated for LGBTI activism

 

The Australian Greens will move a motion in the Senate congratulating all Australian athletes who are standing up for the LGBTI community while attending the Sochi Winter Olympics when Parliament resumes.

"The Olympics are about bringing people together, not discrimination," the Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's important for governments and parliaments around the world to congratulate brave athletes who stand up for what's right, and that's exactly what we'll be doing.

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Cross-Party working group on marriage equality announced

 

A Federal Cross-Party working group on marriage equality has been announced today featuring the Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Labor Senator Louise Pratt and Liberal Senator Sue Boyce.

"Federal marriage equality got a lot closer today," the Greens' LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

"It's only by working together that we're going to achieve this essential reform.

"Equality minded members of the Labor, Liberal and the Greens parties will now have to do everything they possibly can to get marriage equality across the line.

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Weddings this weekend!

Our team in the ACT told us that the High Court won’t announce its verdict on the future of the Capital Territory’s marriage equality laws until December 12th.
 
That means couples like Jemima Aitchison and Bhavani Stoddart, will - for the first time in Australia’s history - be able to get married this Saturday!
 

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Renewed fight for marriage equality begins with a new bill

 

The Australian Greens have given notice today that they will introduce a marriage equality bill into the Senate and have invited members of all parties to co-sponsors the legislation.

“Today the fight for federal marriage equality has started a new,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Marriage equality is no longer about any one person or any one party and that’s why I’m asking members of all parties to co-sponsor this bill.

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Equal marriage in Australia – finally, the time has come

Did you hear it? Thousands of champagne corks popped in unison around Australia today in a spontaneous and synchronised expression of joy. The nationwide celebration was sparked today when the ACT Parliament voted to let gay and lesbian couples marry in Australia for the very first time. This is a momentous day and it’s important at times like this to look back at what it took to get here.

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It’s time: Labor must follow the Greens and bind on marriage equality

 

The Labor Party must commit to binding its members in support of the Greens’ efforts to protect any state or territory based marriage equality laws and federal marriage equality reform, the Australian Greens have said.

“Paul Howes’ recognition that equality should be above party politics is welcome, but it is disappointing that it arrived after Labor lost government,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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ACT’s marriage equality is not yours to scrap, Mr Abbott: Greens

The Australian Greens are calling on Tony Abbott to back off and allow the ACT to retain marriage equality legislation when it passes in October.

“Tony Abbott is seeking legal advice on overriding ACT’s marriage equality bill when he should just accept that equality is inevitable and let the ACT control its own jurisdiction,” Greens LGBTI spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens call for Labor unity on ACT equality laws

The Australian Greens are calling on members of the Labor party to stand together and support marriage equality legislation being upheld in the ACT.

“The Labor party must bind their MPs to vote on block in defending the ACT marriage equality laws. It is time for Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese, as potential leaders, to tell Australians they will draw the party line in supporting marriage equality laws in the ACT,” Greens spokesperson for LGBTI Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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