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Greens move first on gay marriage

By johnboy - 15 November 2011 70

At the start of the month there was much excitement about a minor change to the ways the Commonwealth can over ride the laws of this Territory.

While in theory it was about self determination it was mostly about gay marriage and euthanasia (with possibly some drug law reform if we ever get a government that isn’t gutless).

Today the other shoe has dropped with the Greens’ Shane Rattenbury getting gay marriage started again.

ACT Greens Attorney General spokesperson, Shane Rattenbury MLA, will table the motion which calls on Federal Parliament to amend Commonwealth laws to allow all couples to marry.

“The time has come for federal politicians to amend the Marriage Act to give all loving couples the chance to marry, regardless of sexuality,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“Most Australians agree that creating equal marriage is the right thing to do. Poll after poll shows this.

“Creating equal marriage would remove discrimination from the law and help Australia to foster greater acceptance of all couples in committed relationships, regardless of sexuality. In turn, this would reduce the aggression and violence that some people deal with.

“The best place for equal marriage law is at the Federal level so that the same scheme can apply in all States and Territories.

“I believe the ACT Assembly can send a clear message that this jurisdiction wants the Federal Parliament to change the laws. I am hopeful we will pass the motion and add this Parliament’s voice to the ongoing community campaign.

This follows Julia Gillard this morning announcing a conscience vote for her side of politics.

UPDATE: Hot on their heels Andrew Barr has announced his push in the Labor conference, and he’s not after some mealy mouthed conscience vote:

The Australian Rainbow Labor Network is calling on Labor national conference delegates to be on the right side of history and support a change to Labor’s national platform that will deliver marriage equality.

Rainbow Labor spokespersons, WA Senator Louise Pratt and ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr said, “Rainbow Labor believes there needs to be a positive change for marriage equality in Labor’s national platform and we will continue our campaign for this change.”

“Rainbow Labor remains firmly of the view that matters of equality should not be the subject of a conscience vote,” Mr Barr said.

Labor has historically only permitted conscience votes on questions of life and death such as abortion and euthanasia.

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Greens move first on gay marriage
Deref 12:29 pm 15 Nov 11

DUB said :

shadow boxer said :

This debate would be a lot easier if people agreed on a definition of marriage.

Or, have a referendum.:) Majority will be against.

Definitely a referendum.

From today’s SMH: “Sixty-two per cent of voters would like to see gay marriage legalised, a rise from 57 per cent a year ago, according to the poll. Thirty-one per cent are opposed, compared with 37 per cent in November 2010.”

It’d pass with ease.

Mysteryman 12:19 pm 15 Nov 11

DUB said :

shadow boxer said :

This debate would be a lot easier if people agreed on a definition of marriage.

Or, have a referendum.:) Majority will be against.

This. Let the people vote and decide.

vet111 12:17 pm 15 Nov 11

Stevian said :

Waiting For Godot said :

Euthanasia next?

Why not?

Er, because the legislative change doesn’t provide for that?

Have a look at it – the territory is still not allowed to legislate in relation to euthanasia, among a couple of other key things (defence, money making, acquisition without due compensation, censorship, policing where it affects operation of AFP).

I agree that euthanasia should rightly be a federal matter, but surely we’re due to have another national debate about it soon?

Stevian 11:57 am 15 Nov 11

Waiting For Godot said :

Euthanasia next?

Why not?

poetix 11:56 am 15 Nov 11

DUB said :

shadow boxer said :

This debate would be a lot easier if people agreed on a definition of marriage.

Or, have a referendum.:) Majority will be against.

Against marriage?
Only the bitter divorced types you recognise at 50 metres.
I hope that gay people soon get the right to bang on endlessly about their ex in an official way too.

DUB 11:49 am 15 Nov 11

shadow boxer said :

This debate would be a lot easier if people agreed on a definition of marriage.

Or, have a referendum.:) Majority will be against.

shadow boxer 11:43 am 15 Nov 11

This debate would be a lot easier if people agreed on a definition of marriage.

Solidarity 11:34 am 15 Nov 11

powerpuffpete said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Why is this still being debated? Just do it!

+1

Solidarity: how about instead we just treat gays as human beings?

How the hell did you read my comment and think I was being serious? Lighten up ffs.

Deref 11:24 am 15 Nov 11

Waiting For Godot said :

Euthanasia next?

Both please.

powerpuffpete 11:13 am 15 Nov 11

powerpuffpete said :

Holden Caulfield said :

Why is this still being debated? Just do it!

+1

Solidarity: how about instead we just treat gays as human beings?

PS: Clicks for the irony of your username though.

powerpuffpete 11:12 am 15 Nov 11

Holden Caulfield said :

Why is this still being debated? Just do it!

+1

Solidarity: how about instead we just treat gays as human beings?

Solidarity 10:57 am 15 Nov 11

I’m all for implimenting gay marriage, but only if they are totally against gay divorce.

Waiting For Godot 10:51 am 15 Nov 11

Euthanasia next?

Bosworth 10:47 am 15 Nov 11

Why doesn’t the ACT legislative assembly pass a gay-marriage act, or a civil-unions act?

As opposed to the ineffective “we call on the federal govt to do xyz”.

Holden Caulfield 10:47 am 15 Nov 11

Why is this still being debated? Just do it!

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