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Cross Party co-operation required for marriage equality success



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THE AUSTRALIAN GREENS

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CROSS PARTY CO-OPERATION REQUIRED FOR MARRIAGE EQUALITY SUCCESS

With Bill Shorten announcing that he will introduce his own marriage equality bill on Monday, and with existing bills from Senator Sarah Hanson-Young and Senator David Leyonhjelm, it is now time for all parties wanting to end discrimination in marriage to work together on a common goal.

The Australian Greens are calling for a cross party meeting to be held on Monday 1 June to discuss strategies that will ensure that marriage equality is secured for all Australians.

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young

“The only way to achieve a common goal and secure marriage equality in Australia is to work together across all parties,” Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“It’s wonderful to see MPs from all sides pushing for marriage equality. The more voices the better. But what we need now is the votes to make reform happen.

“Love and equality should be above politics.”

Senator Janet Rice

“Marriage equality is an important step to reducing discrimination faced by LGBTI Australians and their families,” said the Greens LGBTI and marriage equality spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.

“We have an exciting opportunity here, but with it comes a great responsibility to work together and get marriage equality right.”

Media Contacts : Stephen Henderson (Senator Sarah Hanson-Young) 0427 604 760 Sam Drummond (Senator Janet Rice) 0400 352 935