Tasmanian MPS called to reconsider Same-Sex Marriage Bill
Today Murchinson MLC Ruth Forrest has called Tasmanian MPs will to reconsider the Same-Sex Marriage Bill in light of the recent Tasmanian Law Reform Institute Report.
Convener for Tasmanian United for Marriage Equality Andrew Badcock is hopeful that new evidence will be enough to push through the bill, which failed in the Upper House last year.
“This report addresses quite a lot of the issues that came up 12 months ago and provides new information to clarify the myths and concerns that stopped the Bill from passing last year,” Badcock said.
In light of the Federal Government’s commitment to oppose the ACT’s new same-sex marriage legislation once it comes into effect, others are more sceptical.
Former Liberal senator and Head of the Save Marriage Coalition Guy Barnett told the Herald Sun this morning that he does not believe today’s proposal will succeed.
“Why go head-to-head with the Federal Government when they are committed to take on states and territories in this area?” he said.
However, Badcock asserts that the two cases are not identical therefore the outcomes cannot be.
“States and territories have clearly different laws, and bills are made up in different ways,” he said.
“The important thing to remember is that what this report found was that Tasmania does have the constitutional power to make marriage laws and because of that, there is no certainty a High Court Case would be lost.”
The Law Reform Report also suggested that the cost of countering a Federal Government opposition would be minimal – averaging about $300,000 or 60 cents for every Tasmanian – as opposed to the $50,000 to $1.5 million originally estimated.
At the end of the day, Badcock believes that any step in the direction of marriage equality is a step forward.
“The only way to progress is to allow these laws to pass and see what happens.”