Will Tasmania be first for marriage equality?
Following the election last night of Liberal party member Will Hodgman as Tasmania's newest Premier, marriage equality advocates are hopeful of reform, with Hodgman promising a free vote on the issue.
In his election speech last night, Hodgman vowed to improve the lives of all Tasmanians and said he planned to keep his election promises, no matter how challenging.
Marriage equality advocates have vowed to hold the Tasmanian leader to his word.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said, "The dream many Tasmanians have of leading the nation on marriage equality remains alive with Will Hodgman committing to a free vote on the issue and with more Liberal candidates than ever before expressing support for the reform prior to the election."
Croome added the growing support for marriage equality across all three parties will send a clear message to the Legislative Council that it should no longer obstruct the reform."
"Far from spelling the end of the marriage equality debate in Tasmania, Will Hodgman's election is the start of a new and promising phase of that debate."
During his election campaign Hodgman promised an unqualified free vote on state same-sex marriage law.
According to AME, five Liberal candidates currently openly supported a state same-sex marriage law with two more declaring in-principle support for allowing same-sex couples to marry.
Election tallies reveal Liberal marriage equality opponent Michael ferguson experience s significant swing against him in the vote.
The National Party’s Ken Dorsey who came out in support of marriage equality last week received a strong swing in approval ratings, garnering the National Party’s highest vote.