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Time to recognise international same-sex marriages as old parties gang up on equality

The Greens are disappointed that the old parties have ganged up to stop a vote on the Greens’ marriage equality Bill in the lower house, but they will continue to push for equality in the Senate.

The selection committee last night decided not to refer Adam Bandt’s marriage equality Bill to a vote next week, instead allocating time for only four more speakers on the Bill.

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Momentum building for marriage equality vote

The impending vote on a Greens marriage equality Bill in the House of Representatives will give all MPs a chance to declare their position on the future of equality in Australia Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young have said.

“Many MPs are changing their hearts and changing their minds as they realise the majority of Australian people want equality and they want it now,” the Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Well done Kevin: Greens push for marriage reform vote

The Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has tonight congratulated former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for coming out in support of marriage equality and have called for a vote on legislation in June.

"It is always encouraging to see people who have previously opposed same-sex marriage evolving their positions. Allowing their minds to change and opening their hearts to give equal love a chance,

"The Greens bills before the parliament give Labor MPs like Mr. Rudd a chance to vote for reform before the September election.

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Greens introduce bill to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

The Greens have introduced a Bill into the Senate that would see same-sex marriages from overseas recognised in Australia in the way straight marriages are now.

“Love is love, it doesn’t discriminate depending on which country you’re in and neither should we,” the Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It’s time for the equality opponents in Australia to step aside and let us get on with this inevitable reform.

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Essential for Australia to achieve marriage equality

An Essential poll has shown that the majority of people, regardless of which party they vote for, think the time for marriage equality has arrived, the Australian Greens said today.

“Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott are looking increasingly ridiculous and isolated as they remain stubbornly out-of-touch with their views on marriage equality,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens bill to remove marriage discrimination

The Greens have congratulated New Zealand on taking the momentous step of achieving marriage equality and have today announced legislation designed to recognise same-sex marriages from overseas as equal and legal here in Australia.

“Equality is now less than three hours away, but the sad thing is that gay and lesbian Australians will have to leave their marriage at the customs gate”, the Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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New Zealand on verge of achieving marriage equality

The Australian Greens welcome news that the New Zealand Parliament is expected to vote in favour of marriage equality legislation tonight and lament the lack of leadership being shown by the old parties on this issue in Australia.

"What a great step forward this will be for the LGBTI community and their families in New Zealand," the Greens LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Religious organisations still free to discriminate under Labor

Legislating protections for LGBTI Australians against discrimination is an important step but remaining exceptions for religious organisations are a disappointing failing of the Labor Party, the Australian Greens said.

“Gay and lesbian Australians deserve to be protected from discrimination across the board but today the Labor have shown they don’t have the conviction to deliver that,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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Greens restart equal marriage bill debate

Adam Bandt 18 Mar 2013

The House of Representatives restarted debate on the Greens' Marriage Equality Amendment Bill today.

Speaking at a media conference following the debate Greens Deputy Leader Adam Bandt, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Ivan Hinton from Australian Marriage Equality called on Tony Abbott to allow a conscience vote on the bill ahead of the September election.

"Marriage equality is inevitable and Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard need to get on board with the change sweeping the world," Adam Bandt said.

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Mardi Gras brutality accusations concerning

Allegations of excessive use of force by police officers at this year’s Mardi Gras celebrations are deeply concerning, the Australian Greens say.

“What a shame that such a successful event, which applauds tolerance in the Australian community, now has a cloud cast over it by multiple allegations of police brutality,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

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