The ACT Government is considering legalising gay marriage pending the outcome of a move to make it legal in Tasmania.

“If the Federal Parliament fails to legislate, we will examine what happens in Tasmania and be open to introducing at a similar change to the law in the ACT,” ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr told Star Observer.

“I would be advocating for the law to allow non-ACT residents to be able to come to the ACT to get married.

“I think the Tasmanian Premier has a legitimate point in relation to the economic opportunities from marriage equality.  It is certainly something I will pursue as ACT Minister for Economic Development and Minister for Tourism.”

Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings believes allowing gay marriage could bring in as much as $100 million a year for the state’s economy.

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