Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Greens Hail Support for Same-Sex Union; Senate Committee Backs Calls to Allow Conscience Vote

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Greens Hail Support for Same-Sex Union; Senate Committee Backs Calls to Allow Conscience Vote

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Byline: Adam Carroll, APN National Affairs Editor

A SENATE committee has thrown its support behind a Greens bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

Unlike the House of Representatives committee that examined two similar bills before the lower house, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young's Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2012 gained majority support from the cross-party inquiry which generated an immense amount of interest, attracting more than 75,000 submissions.

Ms Hanson-Young said the report amounted to a strong endorsement of her legislation, which she introduced in February 2010.

aThis is an amazing achievement.

aIt really shows how far things have come since 2009,a Ms Hanson-Young told reporters in Canberra, referring to past attempts at similar legislation.

aNow we have seen people changing their hearts and changing their minds on this issue; not just out there in the community, but it is happening here in Parliament.a

In supporting the legislation, the committee made four recommendations, including the need for a conscience vote.

Despite repeated calls from the Greens and gay rights campaigners, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has refused to allow a conscience vote. …

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