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.
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.