Marriage equality: the time has come

The message is loud and clear: Australia is ready for marriage equality. 

Right around the world, marriage equality is becoming a reality for many LGBTI couples. 

We have an exciting opportunity here – let’s work together and get marriage equality in place.

With the support of the majority of Australians, the time is right for marriage equality. The community understands that it's an issue of basic fairness.

Marriage equality is an important step towards reducing discrimination faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex Australians in same sex relationships, and their families.

The Greens have listened to the community right from the start and we've acted. We are the only party that has voted for equality - every Bill, every time.

The Greens have put a Private Members Bill before parliament that would remove discrimination from the Marriage Act and give same-sex couples the right to marry and allow for overseas same-sex marriages to be recognised in Australia.

If the parliament votes for marriage equality, Australia will join countries like Ireland, Canada, Spain, Sweden and South Africa in recognising same-sex marriage.

We have an exciting opportunity here – let’s work together and get marriage equality right.

Latest on Marriage equality: the time has come

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After David Bulmer-Rizzi's death, we must recognise foreign same-sex marriages

04 Feb 2016

The death of English tourist David Bulmer-Rizzi was a wake-up call for our backwards marriage laws. Senator Rice says the least we can do is recognise overseas same-sex marriage.

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Time to act on recognising overseas same-sex marriages

04 Feb 2016

Overseas marriage recognition laws must be standardised across the country to avoid the heartache and humiliation experienced by a British man refused next of kin status, after his husband died in Adelaide while the couple was on holiday, the Australian Greens say.

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Time for Turnbull to stand up to Abbott on Marriage Equality

29 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens say it is time for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to stand up to Tony Abbott and dump the costly and divisive plebiscite on marriage equality. The Prime Minister this morning admitted he doesn't support a plebiscite and is only doing it to appease his predecessor and conservatives in the Government.

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Same-sex marriages performed overseas must be recognised

20 Jan 2016

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to recognise same-sex marriages performed overseas following disturbing news that a British man whose husband died in Adelaide over the weekend has been refused next-of-kin status.

 

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