Greens member for Melbourne Adam Bandt’s motion calling on members of parliament to gage their constituents views on same-sex marriage has been passed by the House of Representatives in a vote of 73 to 72.
The motion read, “this House calls on all parliamentarians, consistent with their duties as representatives, to gauge their constituents’ views on ways to achieve equal treatment for same-sex couples, including marriage”.
At this stage it appears that no Coalition MPs supported the motion.
The motion was supported by the independents Tony Windsor, Rob Oakeshott and Andrew Wilkie. Wilkie had already seconded the motion on Monday.
At around 10.50pm Bandt tweeted, “Our marriage equality motion just got passed in parliament! A step closer to full equality. Well done to all supporters of equal love.”