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"Historic turning point" in marriage debate hailed

Tue 26 Jun 2012 In: International News View at Wayback

File photo Australian marriage equality advocates say a cross-party Senate committee recommendation that there be a conscience vote on same-sex marriage is a “historic turning point” in the debate. The report urges the Senate to pass legislation to allow same-sex couples to marry. It received over 46,000 pro-marriage equality submissions, making up nearly 60 per cent of all submissions received. Australian Marriage Equality National convener Alex Greenwich says it’s the first time a federal parliamentary committee had given its unequivocal endorsement for marriage equality. “This is a watershed moment in the marriage equality debate because Coalition, Labor and Greens members of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee have joined forces to help progress a reform a majority of Australians want,” he says. Greenwich said the fact that Coalition Senators endorsed the recommendation added pressure on Tony Abbott to grant a conscience vote. “This report has given voice to the very powerful conservative case for same-sex marriage, and has also called on Mr Abbott to allow members of the Coalition the opportunity to vote for reform and express their support for marriage equality as conservatives.”    

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First published: Tuesday, 26th June 2012 - 9:51am

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