Tasmania to re-examine same-sex marriage bill
A motion has been made by Councillor Ruth Forrest requesting the Tasmanian Legislative Council return the Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2012 for debate in light of the release of the NSW report which highlighted the states' capacity to legislate for same-sex marriage.
Tasmanian equality advocates have welcomed the intention to motion the Legislative Council as a sign that marriage equality could once again be back on the table for Tasmania's same-sex couples.
Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality convener, Andrew Badcock claimed the release of the NSW report, (which highlighted the capacity for States to legislate same-sex marriages) alongside the potential for new information from the soon-to-be-released report by the Tasmanian Law of Reform Institute, should address legislator’s concerns, thus paving the way for the Same-Sex Marriage Bill to be reinstated.
“We respectfully urge the legislative councillors to support the motion and examine recent developments and information continually being made available,” said Badcock.
Badcock also highlighted the need for a civil debate and cited the growing numbers of same-sex couples wishing to have their relationships recognised by law.
“There needs to be respect from all sides for those who may or may not support same-sex marriage recognition, but it is also important to remember that marriage for same-sex couples is a social justice issue and not a moral one.
“Many couples and families wish to have their marriages – which are built on the strongest foundations of love and commitment - recognised by society and the law.”