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Sydney hearing told Australia should seize moment and achieve marriage equality

The Sydney hearing into Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's marriage equality bill has today heard Australia should seize the moment and change the Marriage Act so same-sex couples can have the same legal recognition as heterosexual couples.

"Prominent Australians to Aussie mums and dads have shown overwhelming support for marriage equality, to allow lesbian and gays Australians to marry the person they love in the country they love," Greens' human rights spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Pell wrong on marriage equality and offends couples who can’t have children

Catholic Cardinal Pell has maintained his marriage sceptic credentials and offended couples who cannot have children in his latest attack removing discrimination from the Marriage Act, the Australian Greens said today.

"Cardinal Pell claims marriage is only to create children, but that remark is a slur on every couple who cannot or choose not to have children," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"By his logic, no person should be permitted to get married if they cannot or choose not to have children.

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Mardi Gras to celebrate advances in unstoppable campaign for marriage equality

Tonight's Sydney Mardi Gras is a chance to reflect on the achievements of the past 12 months toward making marriage equality a reality in Australia and ensuring the law is fixed this year, the Australian Greens said.

"Amid all the glitter and glam and happiness on the streets, we should give thanks to everyone helping toward getting discrimination removed from the Marriage Act ," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

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Study shows marriage equality would inject at least $161 million into Australian economy

A new study, to be released in Canberra tonight, shows if same-sex weddings were allowed, they would boost the Australian economy by at least $161 million over three years, the Australian Greens said today.

"Money can't buy love, but these figures show that love can have a favourable economic result for the national budget," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"This is one stimulus package the government should look favourably on.

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Public to get a say as Greens’ marriage equality bill heads to senate inquiry

The Greens' marriage equality bill has today been referred to a Senate inquiry, giving all Australians the chance to have their say on removing discrimination from the Marriage Act.

"This is a great moment for everyone who wants to see same-sex Australian couples have the same rights as heterosexual couples," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

"The Greens thank the MPs from both sides of parliament who have agreed an inquiry is needed help those undecided MPs learn first-hand why the law needs changing.

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Audio of Sarah and marriage equality advocates on referring Greens' bill to Senate inquiry

Audio from Sarah's door stop in Canberra on referring the Greens' marriage equality bill to a Senate inquiry. Also joined by Alex Greenwich from Australian Marriage Equality and Shelley Argent from Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. Other topics covered include childre in detention and sexism toward women politicians.

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Administrative change on CNIs a positive step, but marriages still won’t be recognised

The Greens have for years urged the government to issue certificates of non-impediment to same-sex couples marrying overseas, which was a recommendation from the senate inquiry into the Greens' marriage equality bill in 2009.

"The Government and the new Attorney General should be congratulated for finally reversing that position, but it falls short of what is needed," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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