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New South Wales parliament votes to welcome gay bishop

New South Wales parliament votes to welcome gay bishop

New South Wales (NSW) legislative assembly has passed a motion introduced by Sydney MP Alex Greenwich to welcome American openly gay bishop Gene Robinson to the Australian state.

The legislative assembly unanimously passed the motion showing that Australian politicians can agree on one aspect of LGBT rights, as the same-sex marriage debate rages on.

‘I am proud that the NSW Parliament was able to put politics aside at the end of a robust debate to welcome such a prominent and influential individual,’ said Greenwich who is openly gay and married his boyfriend in Argentina last year.

‘I was encouraged by the number of speakers in support of equality for same sex couples and the voices speaking in support of tolerance and acceptance.’

Robinson is in Australia from 22 May to 2 June visiting churches and other venues to speak about marriage equality, as the nation becomes increasingly isolated in the developed world for not proceeding with same-sex marriage legislation.

In 2003, Robinson became the first openly gay bishop in any major Christian denomination. His most recent book, God Believes in Love: Straight Talk about Gay Marriage, was published last September.