Gay marriage advocates’ hopes were deflated today with the long-awaited Committee of Inquiry into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill report recommending against same-sex marriage.

“The Committee recommends that the Bill not be passed,” the report stated.

The Committee said it believes the definition of marriage in the current Marriage Act is appropriate, however, it said other types of relationships play an important part in Australia and deserve recognition.

“For this reason, the Committee’s recommendation not to alter the definition of marriage should not be taken as a lack of support for same-sex couples,” the report stated.
“However, the Committee considers that the current definition is a clear and well-recognised legal term which should be preserved.”

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said she was disappointed that “compelling” arguments in favour of same-sex marriage were not supported.

“We are disappointed that despite supporting evidence to the inquiry the Committee’s report has recommended that my Bill, which would provide marriage equality for all Australians, should not be passed,” Hanson-Young said.

“The Greens renew the call for the Prime Minister to show leadership on this issue rather than continuing to stand in the way of necessary reform.”

The Committee recommended the Federal Government review relationship recognition arrangements in the states and territories to develop a nationally consistent system of recognition for same-sex couples.

Hanson-Young said the Greens would still pursue the Bill’s passage through Federal Parliament in the new year.

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