Focus shifts to South Australia in marriage equality fight

Australian campaigners for marriage equality are hopeful that South Australia will become the first state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage after a bill was voted down in the state of Tasmania

Focus shifts to South Australia in marriage equality fight
29 September 2012

Australian marriage equality campaigners are hopeful that the state of South Australia can become the first jurisdiction to pass same-sex marriage laws following a defeat in the state of Tasmania.

Legislation passed successfully through Tasmania’s Lower House of Parliament but was defeated in the Upper House this week in a vote of 8 to 6.

Marriage equality advocates have welcomed the announcement of a timetable for the introduction of state same-sex marriage legislation in South Australia, saying it shows the issue is alive and well.

South Australian Social Inclusion Minister Ian Hunter, who is himself an openly gay man who plans to marry his long term partner before the end of the year in Spain, has said that legislation will be introduced early in 2013 and he expects the South Australian law to be the first to be passed and tested in the High Court.

Australian Marriage Equality national convener Rodney Croome welcomed the move.

‘Marriage equality supporters across the country will be heartened by South Australia’s commitment on this issue,’ Croome said.

‘Opponents of marriage equality who constantly predict the death of the issue are utterly out of the touch with the majority of Australians who want to to see their gay and lesbian friends and family members treated equally under the law.’

‘The fact marriage equality came so close to being passed in Tasmania has given supporters of reform immense encouragement.’

In the mean time, Tasmanian marriage equality supporters will be pushing for a parliamentary inquiry into the constitutionality of state based same-sex marriage legislation after opponents circulated a legal opinion by an ant-same-sex marriage lawyer to Upper House members before the vote.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Top Italian firms meet to discuss LGBT work rights

A national conference about gay rights in workplaces will be held in Rome on 17 and 18 of May
No thumbnail available

Ellen praises JC Penney for tackling anti-gay campaign

Department store JC Penney stands by Ellen Degeneres as its spokeswoman amidst homophobic uproar
No thumbnail available

Lesbian hockey fan breaks ice with half-time proposal

Girlfriends rooting for opposing teams get engaged during ice hockey half-time show in Canada
No thumbnail available

Camping gays go beyond camp in the great outdoors

With over 20,000 members, OutdoorLads proves that gay and bisexual men don’t spend all their time in bars but love the outdoors too. We find out about their spring camping trip, expected to attract 400 people
No thumbnail available

Mayoral candidate for Brazil’s São Paulo slammed for anti-gay comments

José Serra, a candidate for the mayor of São Paulo, attacked his main opponent, Fernando Haddad, for previously supporting an anti-homophobic educational program which he labelled as ‘absurd’ and ‘inappropriate’
No thumbnail available

Evan Rachel Wood tells Gay Star News she wants to help end stigma about bisexuality

'I certainly felt shamed from both sides. You should be who you are and proud'
No thumbnail available

Over 300,000 demand end to Russia’s ‘gay propaganda’ law

Petition is being delivered to the International Olympic Committee calling on them to finally condemn the treatment of LGBT people in Russia
No thumbnail available

What is it like to be a gay, 'crazy' One Direction superfan?

Gay Star News headed down to the London premiere of One Direction: This Is Us to find out what they thought of competing with the girls, 'Larry Stylinson' and feeling alienated in the fanbase community
No thumbnail available

Olympic diver arrives in Nepal for LGBTI sports festival

Greg Louganis is guest of honor at first high-profile gay sports competition in south Asia
No thumbnail available

How the LGBTI candidates did in the UK general election

Big hitters lost but some new victories