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Tasmania lawmaker tables motion to bring back Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Same-sex marriage could be debated again in Tasmanian parliament, after a narrow defeat of a bill in the Upper House last year
Tasmania MLC Ruth Forrest, who tabled a motion to bring back the Same-Sex Marriage Bill

A Tasmanian Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) has tabled a motion to bring back a Same-Sex Marriage Bill to the state parliament.

Six months ago Tasmania's Upper House rejected a bill proposing to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state, after it had passed in the Lower House.

Today independent MLC Ruth Forrest tabled a motion to bring back the Bill. If the motion is supported the Bill could be debated again later in the year.

'With same-sex marriages imminent in Britain, France and New Zealand, but no change likely any time soon at a federal level, Tasmania has another opportunity to lead the nation on this important reform,' said Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome.

The Bill was defeated by 8 MLCs to 6 last September.

Those who voted against the Bill expressed concern that legislation should be decided federally rather than at state level, and that state marriage laws could face a constitutional challenge.

Croome said that a cross-party inquiry currently being conducted in New South Wales would help to clarify constitutional concerns.  

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