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The Greens to protect ACT's marriage equality legislation in the Senate



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OFFICE OF SENATOR SARAH HANSON-YOUNG AUSTRALIAN GREENS SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

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Monday, 16 September 2013

The Greens to protect ACT’s marriage equality legislation in the Senate

The Australian Greens will block any attempt by Tony Abbott to strip marriage equality legislation from the ACT, as it is set to legalise same-sex marriage this year.

“With the ACT introducing a same-sex marriage bill this week, there will be a test for the Coalition to see if they will listen to a decision that has enormous support, or choose to override equality,” Greens’ spokesperson for LGBTI Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said.

“Marriage equality looks set to become reality in the territory by the end of the year. Tony Abbott needs to listen to the overwhelming support for equality rather than bowing to pressure from groups like the Australian Christian Lobby.

“As a result of the Greens’ Self Government Bill which was passed in the last term of government, marriage equality in the ACT has been Abbott-proofed by forcing any move to overrule territory legislation must be approved by federal parliament.

“The Greens will stand up to any attempts to dismantle equality in the ACT. It’s time to stop delaying the inevitable support marriage equality for all Australians. ”

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