AME congratulates ACT on historic same-sex marriage bill
Ivan Hinton, Deputy Director of Australian Marriage Equality is celebrating the passage of the nation’s first same-sex marriage bill in his hometown of Canberra.
The ACT made history today when the legislative council approved the Marriage Equality Same-Sex Marriage Bill this morning.
Hinton described it as an historic moment where loving and committed same-sex couples will now have the same rights as their heterosexual counterparts.
"This law will strengthen same-sex couples and their families, and will be welcomed by all Australians who support fairness and family,” said Hinton.
Hinton said he understood the ACT would continue to strengthen the legislation in preparation for the High Court challenge and believed today’s vote sent a message to the federal government that Australia was ready for marriage equality.
"Today's vote sends a strong message to the federal government and state governments that loving and committed same-sex couples want to get married and want to uphold its values and responsibilities"
"We congratulate the ACT government on their leadership and for standing up for the love and commitment of same-sex couples."
It is expected that the NSW Upper House will introduce a marriage equality bill in the coming months and that Tasmian’s Upper House will revisit the Same-Sex Marriage Bill of 2012, having received advice it would survive a constitutional challenge.