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Call for Tony Abbott to allow same-sex marriage conscience vote



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CALL FOR TONY ABBOTT TO ALLOW SAME-SEX MARRIAGE CONSCIENCE VOTE

Thursday, December 12th, 2013 @ 12:34PM

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT

FEDERAL LABOR REPRESENTATIVES IN THE ACT

ANDREW LEIGH, GAI BRODTMANN AND KATE LUNDY

We are very disappointed with the decision by the High Court to strike out the territory’s same-sex marriage law.

This is a grim day for those same-sex couples that took advantage of the ACT’s ground-breaking legislation and tied the knot since Saturday.

We commend ACT Labor on its efforts to advance the cause of equality.

We also respect the decision of the High Court.

The Prime Minister must now deliver on his pledge that the Liberal Party room will revisit the question of whether to have a conscience vote on same-sex marriage.

The Abbott Government chose to mount this legal challenge at a cost to taxpayers when this is an inherently political decision that should be decided in the Federal Parliament.

ENDS

12 December 2013

Media:

Michael Bailey (Lundy) 6230 0411