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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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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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