Marriage Equality Bill to be Debated in Australian Senate Next Week

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Australian marriage equality advocates have welcomed today’s announcement by Senator David Leyonhjelm that he will bring forward his Freedom to Marry Bill for debate in the Senate.

Deputy director of Australian Marriage Equality, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said, “We welcome Senator Leyonhjelm’s initiative because Australia can’t wait any longer for marriage equality.”

“The smart thing for Tony Abbott to do is honour his pre-election promise to allow the Coalition party room to decide on a free vote so marriage equality can move forward.”

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“Since its launch in February politicians have received hundreds of calls through our #EqualityCalling campaign and we intend to increase that number so they get the message loud and clear.”

“It’s deeply embarrassing for many Australians that same-sex couples can marry in countries across the western world, including in places like Alabama, but not here in Australia.”

The news follows yesterday’s Australia’s Senate vote on Greens Seantor Sarah Hansen Young’s motion calling on all parties to allow a free vote on same-sex marriage. The motion passed, despite the Government’s opposition, with Labor, Greens and cross bench senators voting in favour.

“Yesterday’s successful Senate free vote motion from Senator Hanson-Young showed there is support for this reform across party lines” Mr Hinton – Teoh said.

Article | Levi Joule

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