Is Tasmania next for marriage equality?
With the historic passing of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill in ACT, advocates from around the nation are urging other states to follow suit with their own Same-Sex Marriage Bills.
Andrew Badcock, convener for Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality congratulated the ACT on delivering marriage equality to the capital territory.
“We congratulate the ACT for its leadership on allowing same-sex couples to have their life-long union recognised,” said Badcock.
Legislation for same-sex marriages in Tasmania ground to a halt last year when the Upper House voted against the Bill on constitutional concerns. But a Tasmanian Law Reform Institute report released last week from constitutional expert, Bret Walker SC, have since addressed these issues, paving the way for the Bill to be retabled.
Ruth Forrest MLC plans to re-present the Tasmanian Same-Sex Marriage Bill again to the Upper House next week.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said, “Today is a great day for marriage equality in Australia because same-sex couples will soon be able to marry, bringing real benefits and security to these couples and their families.”