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.

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