Marriage Equality advocates call for Tasmanian MLC to do the right thing
Liberal MLC Vanessa Goodwin has maintained that she will not support MLC Ruth Forrest’s motion to revisit Tasmania’s same-sex marriage Bill.
In a statement released yesterday, Goodwin said her position has not changed since the Bill failed to pass through the Tasmania’s Upper House last year.
"The Liberal Party's always maintained that this is a Federal issue and the only way that these matters surrounding the constitutional concerns can be resolved is through a High Court decision,” she said.
"Now that looks like it's going to occur and that's a matter we need to leave to the High Court."
Tasmanian United for Marriage Equality convener Andrew Badcock has responded, saying he is deeply disappointed that Goodwin has not reconsidered her view in light of recent discourse surrounding the issue.
"In recent weeks the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute and respected constitutional barrister, Bret Walker SC, have both presented compelling new evidence about the constitutionality of the Same-Sex Marriage Bill which deserves to be properly debated," he said.
"We are still hoping she will change her mind and do the right thing."
He added that the recent passage of same-sex marriage in the ACT Legislative Assembly is reason to revisit the Tasmanian Bill.
"It would be a shame if Tasmanian couples were forced to marry in Canberra under legislation pioneered in Tasmania only to have their solemn vows of lifelong commitment not recognised in Tasmanian when they return home."
Forrest intends to call on the Upper House next Thursday to discuss whether or not to revive the Bill.
Image: Vanessa Goodwin remains unconvinced territories can legislate on marriage equality.