With tories returning to the treasury benches up on the hill ACT Labor can get back to the simple joys of gesture politics.
Thus the first order of business is Simon Corbell trotting out a same-sex marriage bill:
The ACT Labor Government will this week introduce the Marriage Equality Bill 2013 into the Legislative Assembly to allow same-sex couples to marry, Attorney-General, Simon Corbell, announced today.
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“The Marriage Equality Bill will establish a Territory based scheme which allows same sex couples to solemnise a same sex marriage before an authorised celebrant,” Mr Corbell said.
“It will send a clear and unambiguous message that all people are entitled to respect, dignity, the right to participate in society, and to receive the full protection of the law, regardless of sexual orientation.”
The Bill does not propose a residency requirement.
We’ll see what the Federales have to say.