SA Greens Call on Parliament to Back Federal Marriage Equality

Greens Gender & Sexuality spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC has today given notice that she will introduce a motion calling on the State Government and Opposition to back a free vote on marriage equality in the Federal Parliament.

Greens Gender & Sexuality spokesperson Tammy Franks MLC has today given notice that she will introduce a motion calling on the State Government and Opposition to back a free vote on marriage equality in the Federal Parliament.

“The momentum for marriage equality is undeniable,” Ms Franks said.

“The Ireland result has buoyed confidence in the community and shows that attitudes are shifting internationally.

“This motion will call on both the State Government and the Opposition to signal their support for equal love in Australia.

“We are also calling on Liberal Opposition Leader Steven Marshall to indicate his support for a free vote among his federal colleagues.

“This issue has been on the agenda since then-Senators Natasha Stott Despoja and Andrew Bartlett first introduced this legislation in 2006.

“Let’s not forget that it wasn’t until 2011 that the ALP changed its platform to reflect the party’s support for changing the Marriage Act to include ‘all adult couples irrespective of sex’, while still allowing members to opt out of the vote.

“Since 2007 The Greens have been championing this issue in the Federal Parliament following on from that Democrats Bill in 2006.

“The Greens are extremely proud of our track record on marriage equality: every MP, every vote, every Bill, every time.”

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