Tas Law Reform report to be released on Same Sex Marriage Bill
The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute report addressing state-based same-sex laws is set to be released tomorrow (October 10) in Hobart.
The report will address concerns regarding the Same Sex Marriage Bill 2012, which was defeated after points were raised on the constitutionality of state same-sex marriage laws and the potential cost of a High Court challenge should Tasmania approve the Bill.
Alex Greenwich, NSW Independent MP and Australian Marriage Equality Chair, will be in Hobart awaiting the report’s release and will meet with MLCs to discuss the legislation.
"State-based same-sex marriage laws have come a long way over the past 12 months, with legislation being strengthened to give State MPs confidence in the constitutionality of the reform", Greenwich said.
"I hope this report gives Tasmanian MLCs the same confidence NSW MPs, across the political spectrum, have in progressing with reform."
"If constitutional and high courts concerns prevented MLCs from voting in favour last time, hopefully the Tasmania Law Reform Institute will alleviate these concerns and allow the MLCs the opportunity to legislate for this historic reform."
Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality convenor Andrew Badcock said he is hopeful the report will ease the concerns of some MLC’s and allow the families, communities, couples and the economy of Tasmania to benefit from.
"If this independent and expert legal advice gives room for Tasmania to legislate for same-sex marriage we hope all MLCs will support Ruth Forrest's motion to allow debate on a reform that has excited the aspirations of our state, and consider the advice when deciding on the issue", Badcock said.