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Greens hope Queensland Labor's stance on marriage equality encourage others

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Senator Sarah Hanson‐Young   Australian Greens 

Monday, June 20 2011


Greens hope Queensland Labor’s stance on marriage equality encourage others

The Australian Greens have welcomed the decision on marriage equality by Queensland Labor conference delegates and hope it leads to their federal ALP counterparts getting a conscience vote on the matter.

“This is another positive step forward in the groundswell support for marriage equality in Australia,” Greens’ LGBTI spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

“It’s on the back of the great campaign by GetUp! to have same-sex couples attend a dinner with the Prime Minister where they can ask Ms Gillard why her government’s denying them their basic right to celebrate their love.

“While groups such as the Australian Christian Lobby claim the desire for marriage equality is not a view supported by most Australians, that’s not what recent polls have shown.

“Sixty percent of people surveyed support marriage equality, while 75 percent in another poll said they thought a marriage equality law was inevitable.

“In addition, the Senate inquiry on our marriage equality bill drew the greatest number of submissions from the public in parliament’s history.

“Support for marriage equality is increasing each month, leading to what the Greens hope will be a conscience vote on our bill by all MPs and Senators in this term of parliament.”