The Greens have announced that debate will start on Senator Sarah Hanson-Young’s marriage equality bill in the Senate this Thursday.

“With support for same-sex marriage at its highest ever now is the right time to kick off serious consideration of my marriage equality bill in the Senate” Hanson-Young said.

The timing of the forthcoming debate was announced during Hanson-Young’s appearance on the ABC’s Insiders program yesterday.

“The Greens’ marriage equality bill in the Senate has the strongest cross party support and it’s time to get the ball rolling in the federal Parliament on this inevitable reform,” she said.

“The Senate inquiry into my bill reported back with a clear recommendation that federal marriage laws be changed to give all people the right to marry, which was endorsed by Senators from all parties.

“I’ll be asking all Senators to take a good look at the growing momentum for marriage equality in the community and the leadership shown by Tasmanian and South Australian Labor premiers.

Hanson-Young said she hoped senators will approach the debate with an open mind.

“The majority of Coalition voters support marriage equality [and] want Tony Abbott to allow his MPs a conscience vote on the issue in both houses of federal Parliament and stop delaying the inevitable,” she said.

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