THE Tasmanian State Parliament now stands united in throwing their support behind marriage equality.

While the Lower House successfully voted in favour of showing their support last November, the Upper House conducted a similar in-principle vote this week, after Independent Tony Mulder put forward a motion that was carried eight votes to five.

Mulder believed this to be an important matter worth discussing in the lead-up to a potential plebiscite into same-sex marriage.

“It’s in the context of the plebiscite that this House should show some leadership, not only on this issue but on how is should be debated,” Mulder said.

“It is my intention with this debate to demonstrate that the matter should, and can, be dealt with tolerantly, with empathy, and with respect.”

The vote has been well received by marriage equality advocates, including former Australian Marriage Equality director Rodney Croome.

“It’s an historic day to see the traditionally conservative Tasmanian Upper House vote so decisively in favour of marriage equality,” Croome according to ABC News.

“If the Tasmanian Upper House can back marriage equality, anyone can.”

The Upper House had previously voted down support for same-sex marriage in 2012.

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