Tasmania Upper House rejects motion to revisit Same-Sex Marriage
Tasmanian MLC Ruth Forrest’s motion to revisit the Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2012, has failed to pass in the Upper House.
The motion was defeated eight votes to six, the same margin by which the Bill was defeated last year.
Forrest had hoped members of the Legislative Council would be encouraged to revisit the Bill following findings by the Tasmanian Law Reform report and advice by imminent High Court Barrister Bret Walker that the states and territories did have the right to legislate on marriage.
In voting against revisiting the Bill, some MLCs said there is not community support for same-sex marriage, something marriage equality advocates from around the nation deny.
Understandably, advocates are disappointed at the outcome of today’s vote but have vowed to fight on.
Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome commented "Last year Upper House members said they were against the Bill because of constitutional concerns. Those concerns have now been addressed but they still voted against the Bill showing that in reality they just don't want to deal with this legislation."
Croome believes the Upper House wants to gag thousands of Tasmanians who support same sex marriage, but says he and they will not be silenced.
"We will continue to campaign for this Bill right up to and after the state election in March."
Tasmanians United for Marriage Equality convener, Andrew Badcock, said, "It is very disappointing that the Upper House has said it doesn't want to deal with an issue that is about fundamental human rights and which is being discussed in the community on a daily basis.
"Until same-sex marriage laws are passed, same-sex couples and families will still miss out on being treated with equal respect and protection as other Tasmanian families."