When dominoes are lined up just right, the first one to tip onto its neighbor starts a chain reaction. That is what is happening in Australia, as state and territory legislators vote their support of marriage equality for the country’s same-sex couples.
Last September, Tasmania’s Parliament passed a motion in support of marriage equality in Australia, by a vote of 13 to 9. Then in November, the Australian Capital Territory Legislative Assembly approved a motion calling on the federal government to allow same-sex marriages.
Now Coalition MPs in the New South Wales Upper House of the Parliament have voted 22 to 16 in support of marriage equality. All three votes call on the federal government to reform the Marriage Act so that same-sex couples can wed.
Alex Greenwich, national convener of Australian Marriage Equality said:
The motion says to all federal parliamentarians that this is an important issue Australians want resolved.
As more parliamentarians open their hearts and minds to the issue support inevitably increases.
Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, who brought the private-member’s bill before the NSW Legislative Council, said:
This is a great day. I congratulate my NSW Upper House colleagues for their leadership. Today we are on the right side of history.
Denying anyone the right to marry who they love is ludicrous. It’s last century and it’s time our Federal Parliament caught up.
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