Greens to introduce Bill for recognition of overseas same-sex marriages
With same-sex marriages now legal in the UK, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young has announced the Greens will introduce a Bill to parliament calling for the recognition of overseas same-sex unions.
“Gay and lesbian Australians shouldn’t have to check their marriage licenses at the customs gate,” said Hanson-Young.
Hanson-Young said the Greens will push for a Senate Inquiry into the Bill so Parliament can have a greater understanding of the impact that marriage equality has overseas.
“By recognising same-sex marriages from overseas, as we do with all other marriages, this Bill will help gay and lesbian Australians who are in loving relationships get the recognition that they deserve,” she said.
“This is a first step for Australia along the road to marriage equality and an important one at that.”
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome commented, "Australia can not hold back the global tide of equality forever. An important first step will be to respect the solemn vows Australians make overseas and recognise their legal marriages in Australian law."
"Another important step is a Senate inquiry into the impact of marriage equality overseas which we believe will show the reform has nothing but positive impacts on same-sex couples, their families and society."
Hanson Young is urging the Prime Minister Tony Abbott to allow his members a conscience vote on the legislation. “The time for marriage equality came long ago. Most Australians understand that and it’s the Australian Government’s duty to catch up,” said Hanson Young.