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Parliament Hears Community’s Views On Marriage

Today's report back of Members of Parliament on marriage equality provided a rare opportunity for the community to have its voice heard on this important reform, the Australian Greens say.

 

"Today we heard from Members of Parliament from across the political divide," the Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

 

"Many have spent considerable time engaging with their electorates in the past year and they should be commended for their participation in the process.

 

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Asylum seeker debate out of proportion

Yesterday the full bench of the High Court began hearing a challenge to the Malaysian solution.

The Greens hope David Manne and Debbie Mortimer, SC, and their legal team succeeds, not least because we do not want unaccompanied children to be expelled to a country where their rights cannot be guaranteed. It's not yet clear when the court will issue its ruling, but it could permanently derail the Gillard government's plans to export Australia's international obligations to give protection to countries including Malaysia and, possibly, Papua New Guinea.

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Greens appalled by Katter’s comments on gay marriage

Bob Katter has shown an appalling lack of sensitivity in describing gay marriage as something that "deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed," the Australian Greens said today.

 

"Let's not forget the member for Kennedy once claimed there were no gays or lesbians in his electorate," Greens' spokesperson for LGBTI, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

 

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Poll confirms a majority of Christians support marriage equality

Today's poll showing that a majority of Australian Christians support marriage equality should finally dispel the myth that Christians are strongly opposed to this reform, the Australian Greens say.

 

"This poll confirms what we have known for some time - most Christians, like other everyday Australians, have no objection to marriage equality and believe that same-sex couples should have the same rights as heterosexual couples," the Greens' spokesperson for sexual orientation and gender identity, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, said.

 

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New survey shows opponents of marriage equality in the minority

The Australian Greens say a new survey shows increasing support for marriage equality and contradicts a claim by an ALP backbencher that everyday Australians are against same-sex couples marrying the person they love.

"It's pleasing that 68 percent of people questioned say they think gay couples should be allowed to get married, which is up from 62 percent in October last year," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

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Let conscience rule on gay marriage

It's been a bit of a Bizzaro World in Australian federal politics in recent weeks.

First we had the opposition saying they were concerned about the human rights of vulnerable people who will be expelled to Malaysia under the asylum seeker people-swap arrangement. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and immigration spokesman Scott Morrison were borrowing the same language about compassion and protecting fragile people that me and my fellow Greens have been using for years.

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Labor MP suggesting another marriage equality roadblock

The Greens say a Labor MP is trying to impose another road block on marriage equality in his call for a referendum. 

 

"There is no constitutional change required to amend the Marriage Act, merely a legislative change, so an enormously expensive and cumbersome referendum isn't needed," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"All recent opinion polls show support among everyday Australians for marriage equality is growing - it's politicians such as the member for Reid who are out of step.

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Marriage Equality

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (16:48): I move:
That the Senate-

(a) notes that:

(i) the New York State Congress has legislated for marriage equality, and

(ii) in doing so, New York has joined the following states of the United States of America, Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, Washington DC and New Hampshire, along with more than 10 other nations;

(b) recognises that Australia is one of only a few democratic nations that does not provide same-sex couples with equal marriage rights; and

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Same-Sex Marriage

Senator HANSON-YOUNG (South Australia) (13:10): I rise today to speak to a matter that is important to many people, particularly those both within and outside this chamber, who believe in fairness and equality: the issue of marriage equality. Since I first introduced my bill back in 2009, the momentum for this important reform has continued to grow.

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