The marriage equality campaign will go on regardless of last month’s narrow defeat in the Tasmanian Upper House, marriage equality advocates told a rally last weekend. About 80 people attended the Launceston rally at the city’s Civic Square. Politicians and advocates spoke to the crowd about the continued push for state-based same-sex marriage laws.

One of the reasons the laws failed was the uncertainty over whether the federal government would challenge the laws in the High Court.

The Upper House may look into the constitutional issues surrounding marriage equality further if a motion by Tasmanian independent MLC Ruth Forrest is passed this year. “A majority of Upper House members support the principle of marriage equality and I’m hopeful that the reform will pass if we address the constitutional concerns of some members” Tasmanian marriage equality advocate Rodney Croome said.

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