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AUS states race for gaymarriage

Tasmania and Victoria are racing to be the first state of Australia to get same-sex marriage, as Greens push forward on the issue.

The Greens’ Melbourne candidate Brian Walters told The Age that he would introduce a private member’s bill to allow same-sex marriage if he wins Education Minister Bronwyn Pike’s seat at the state election this month.

Meanwhile in Tasmania, Greens leader Nick Mckimm will today re-introduce a bill that could make Tasmania the first Australian state to allow same-sex marriage.

Although marriage is considered a federal law, but if any state pushes on the issue, the High Court may decide in favour of allowing same-sex marriage, loophole-hunting legal experts believe.

“The race is on,” concludes marriage equality campaigner Alex Greenwich.

“The Greens are in a coalition government in Tasmania and this puts them in an unique position to get their bill through. At the same-time the Victorian Greens will have an easier time then their federal counterparts as the Victorian ALP passed a motion in support of marriage equality at their last state conference.

“The first state to allow same-sex marriage can also look forward to experiencing a windfall in revenue generated by same-sex weddings, as experienced in the US state of Massachusetts when it became the first US state to legalise same-sex marriage in 2004,” the Australian Marriage Equality co-convenor adds.

The state push comes at a time when more Federal MPs are declaring their support for full legal equality for Australia’s same-sex couples. The ALP’s Bill Shorten implied his support on Monday night’s live Q&A show and the Age has reported that the Coalition’s Warren Entsch has reinforced his support for same-sex marriage and has been now joined by fellow Liberal MP Mal Washer.

“The support from all sides of politics and at State and Federal levels proves that marriage equality is not the fringe or protest issue it has wrongly been labelled as, but a mainstream issue that is about love and equality,” says Greenwich.

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blaah

blaah said on the 9th Nov, 2010

Its essential that everyone emails all the pollies mentioned in this article and congratulate them on their stand. You'd be amazed at how few people write in support of Gay rights, but the bible bashers are lways at it.I've worked for pollie and believe me they'd much rather get an eamail with some human story they could use to support their views than yet another regurgitation from the Bible.
Just google the names and go for it; takes 10 mins!

eurolad

eurolad said on the 9th Nov, 2010

I wanna see now how that two faced bitch of Bronwyn Pike will vote when the greens introduce this in the Victorian parliament. We will then see if she really support the gays or whether it was all bullshit to begin with and she will vote against it just to keep her job.

lividlili

lividlili said on the 9th Nov, 2010

Thanks for the great idea Blaah. I've just emailed Warren Entsch thanking him for his support.

blaah

blaah said on the 9th Nov, 2010

Good move lividili. Its important but that ALL pollies named in both parties get lots of emails. Unfortunately, they both have homophobes in their ranks. If the "good" pollies don't get supportive emails, it makes it harder for them in their arguments with the social conservatives.

brodes13

brodes13 said on the 9th Nov, 2010

Its also essential with this much momentum that we dont let the opportunity pass us by, make sure you support equal rights rallies and marches in your states.

crazzymikey

crazzymikey said on the 9th Nov, 2010

wonderful!!!!

Yes sen emails of support an attend the rallies, get your family an friends on board now is the time to strike whilst the iron is hot!

Did anyoen see Q and A last night? There were a few girls ion the audience las tnight who were so articualte and reelaly put the pollies ont he spot about gay marriage. It was fantastic.

blueterrace

blueterrace said on the 9th Nov, 2010

Good idea Blah, i emailed all 4 pollies mentioned in this article. Hope others do the same, coz as you point out, the bigots will be out there stirring up a shit storm

Rabid_womble

Rabid_womble said on the 11th Nov, 2010

Wow! States that are actually considering the issue. I live in WA where the political consensus is SO conservative the issue isn't even being discussed.

shazzboy

shazzboy said on the 11th Nov, 2010

Marriage like many issues should be a state and not Federal issue. I am a strong believer in states rights.

Marriage, death penalty, gun laws, euthanasia, drinking/smoking, most taxes, education, health and so on should be solely the responsibility of the state parliament. I really wish the Feds would stop butting their noses into things that dont concern them.

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 11th Nov, 2010

you would prefer state gov, wow sounds like u want to live in the United States of Australia. Damn is Keneally your aunty or something?

Marriage like many issues should be a state and not Federal issue. I am a strong believer in states rights.

Marriage, death penalty, gun laws, euthanasia, drinking/smoking, most taxes, education, health and so on should be solely the responsibility of the state parliament. I really wish the Feds would stop butting their noses into things that dont concern them.

shazzboy

shazzboy said on the 11th Nov, 2010



We live in a Federal country, we follow the same system as the USA. Who do you think helped draft our constitution?

Why do you think we have states? Why did an entire zone of land have to be set aside and separated into a Capital Territory?

You clearly have no clue on the constitutional grounds that Australia stands.

Oh and the USA has done more for 'progressive' rights than Australia has. Who has gay marriage legalised in several states? Who has a state with legal euthanasia? Who has some states with stricter environmental laws than Australia?

The USA thats who

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 11th Nov, 2010

so you rooting Kristine I knew it.

eurolad

eurolad said on the 11th Nov, 2010



I support states autonomy too. I certainly don't want progressive Victoria to be associated with redneck Queensland or backward Western Australia. :rolleyes:

alanz

alanz said on the 12th Nov, 2010

I'd get rid of state government for a start.:)

shazzboy

shazzboy said on the 12th Nov, 2010



I' m the complete reverse. I would establish 5 new states in the Federation. New England in NE NSW, Cape York in northern QLD, Northern Territory would become Northern Australia, and the admittance of New Zealand as North Zealand and South New Zealand. In total there would be 11 states.