Australia : Timetable for cross-party marriage equality bill welcomed

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed reports a cross-party marriage equality bill will be introduced into parliament in early August and go to the Coalition Party for debate on a free vote on August 18th.


It is reported that a cross-party bill co-sponsored by Liberals, Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro, two Labor MPs, and independents, Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan, will be introduced on August 11th.

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Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said,

“Because this bill will be signed by two Liberals it will have the best chance of achieving a Coalition free vote, and because it has cross-party support it has the best chance of passing.”

“With momentum growing after marriage equality in Ireland and the US, this bill gives Australia the strongest opportunity we have ever had of achieving marriage equality.”

“We aim to win majority support in parliament with grassroots mobilisation, rallies and advertising campaigns throughout July and across the nation.”

Mr Croome said he is very hopeful the Coalition will remove the last hurdle to marriage equality by allowing a free vote on the co-sponsored bill.

“It is untenable for Coalition MPs to introduce legislation they can’t vote on.”

For a report on the cross-party bill, click here.