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Qld Premier's action shows why federal Marriage Act needs to be reformed

Campbell Newman's decision to amend civil unions for same-sex couples is another example why the federal Marriage Act needs to be reformed, the Australian Greens said today.

"While many Queenslanders feared the worst that Premier Newman would take away their rights, the truth is they never should have been put in that position," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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NSW Coalition makes history by backing marriage equality, setting precedent for Mr Abbott to grant a conscience vote

The New South Wales Coalition has shown the leadership that Tony Abbott lacks by letting upper house members have a conscience vote on a marriage equality motion, the Australian Greens said today.

"The unstoppable push for giving same-sex couples the choice whether to get married has taken a giant leap in Sydney, putting more pressure on Mr Abbott to grant the Coalition a free vote in Canberra," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Abbott should follow leadership of NSW Coalition on marriage equality

Liberal Party leader, Tony Abbott, should follow the leadership of the NSW Coalition and let his federal MPs have a free vote on marriage equality legislation due before Parliament this year, the Australian Greens said today.

"I was encouraged to follow the debate in the NSW Parliament where Coalition MPs said they supported marriage equality because they were conservatives, not in spite of it," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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No evidence to back claim by fringe doctors' group opposing marriage equality

The Australian Greens today said there is no evidence to back claims of the Victorian deputy chief psychiatrist who signed a letter by a fringe doctors group which claims allowing same-sex marriage would harm children.

"Dr Kuravilla George's views are out of step with professional bodies such as the Australian Psychologists Society and the Australian Medical Association which say it's discrimination itself which is harmful and has negative health impacts," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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National rallies tell PM Gillard and Tony Abbott it's time for marriage equality

Thousands of Australians of all ages and backgrounds have gathered around the country today for a National Day of Action to tell Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott it's time Australia had marriage equality.

"Ordinary Australians are giving the Labor and Coalition leaders a strong but positive message that it's time they removed discrimination from the Marriage Act," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said at the rally in Adelaide.

"Cupid doesn't discriminate in love and neither should our laws. It's time for love and marriage to be equal.

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Kennett helping to show the way on marriage equality; now for Abbott's conscience vote

The change of heart by former Victorian Liberal Premier, Jeff Kennett, shows what can happen when people are presented with the facts about why marriage equality matters for young Australians who are coming to terms with their sexuality, the Greens said today.

"Mr Kennett used to oppose letting same-sex couples have the right to choose whether to get married, but he's now a supporter of marriage equality and urges respect for all people," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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