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Greens condemn Labor betrayal of gay and lesbian rights: ALP inner city seats now under threat.

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Senator Kerry Nettle

Senator for New South Wales

Greens condemn Labor betrayal of gay and lesbian rights - ALP inner city seats now under threat

Senator Kerry Nettle, 4th August 2004

Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today condemned Labor for their betrayal of gay and lesbian rights by agreeing to pass John Howard's anti- gay marriage bill.

"By agreeing to this legislation Labor are agreeing with the government that gays and lesbians do not deserve the same rights as the rest of the population," Senator Nettle said.

"The Greens are deeply disappointed that the Labor party has not had the courage to take on the homophobic motivations that are at play here.

"The Labor announcement today confirms their support for official discrimination against lesbian and gay couples.

"The Greens have already received huge support from the lesbian and gay community and expect that support to translate to an increased vote particularly in inner city seats.

"The Labor party should have joined The Greens in opposing the government's move to outlaw same sex marriage but they did not. Instead they promised to have the bill examined by a committee and have now broken that promise.

"The Greens have introduced a Bill in the parliament to outlaw discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

"The impending passage of John Howard's bill to ban same sex marriages is a tragedy for human rights in Australia, and in particular for same sex couples and their children who are denigrated by this parliamentary witch hunt."

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