Federal Cross Party Working Group for Marriage Equality announced

Federal Cross Party Working Group for Marriage Equality announced

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:59 Written by // Cec Busby

Senators Sue Boyce, Louise Pratt and Sarah Hanson-Young joined Australian Marriage Equality national convenor, Rodney Croome, to announce the formation of a Cross Party Working Group on Marriage Equality, today.

“Federal marriage equality got a lot closer today,” the Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said. “It’s only by working together that we’re going to achieve this essential reform.
“Equality minded members of the Labor, Liberal and the Greens parties will now have to do everything they possibly can to get marriage equality across the line. We’re ready to take up that fight in the Federal Parliament and the Australian people are ready for us to win.

The Federal Cross-Party working group on marriage equality features the Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, Labor Senator Louise Pratt and Liberal Senator Sue Boyce.

“Now that we have a Cross-Party working group on a Federal level, it's time for Tony Abbott to allow his party a conscience vote on equality,” Hanson-Young said. “It’s time to bring this home and to deliver the national reform that gay, lesbian and straight Australians have been calling for.”

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed the launch of the  new cross-party working group, Australian Marriage Equality(AME)  national director, Rodney Croome, said he was happy to see all three parties moving together in support of marriage equality.

"No one party can get marriage equality across the line so it is vital the supporters in each party work together," said Croome.

"Marriage equality has moved forward under conservative governments in the UK, New Zealand and NSW thanks to cross-party co-operation," he said.

Croome conclude: "Marriage equality is not a matter of left or right, it is about love, commitment and family - values we all share."




Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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