The Greens have asked the Liberal and Labor parties to permit their senators to exercise a conscience vote when a move to allow same-sex marriage comes before the Senate today.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is to push an amendment to the equality reforms omnibus bill to make the Marriage Act gender-neutral.
This is an important matter of conscience on which all Senators should be granted a free vote,” she said
Both Labor and Liberal have trumpeted their commitment to removing discrimination against same-sex couples in Commonwealth law. However, the Marriage Act has been a glaring omission from the suite of bills that will bring us into a new age of equality for same-sex couples.
Recent polls have shown that the majority of Australians support same-sex marriage -“ it’s time for the parliament’s actions to reflect that.