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Senator receives 14,000 name petition ahead of same-sex marriage vote

Senator receives 14,000 name petition ahead of same-sex marriage vote

A petition of 14,000 signatures of people who support the legal recognition of same-sex marriages performed abroad in Australia was delivered to Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young today.

Hanson-Young will present the petition at a Senate debate tomorrow about her bill proposing to remove the ban on recognizing overseas same-sex marriages that was inserted in the Marriage Act in 2004.
‘The fact our law disregards the solemn vows of lifelong commitment made by those Australian couples who are forced overseas to marry is disrespectful to these couples and to the countries that allow them to marry,’ said Ivan Hinton, deputy national director of Australian Marriage Equality, who delivered the petition to Hanson-Young.

‘A majority of Australians want our country to follow New Zealand and other nations towards marriage equality and this is an important first step in that direction.’

Australia is not likely to vote on legalizing same-sex marriage again until after the general election on 14 September. Votes on the issue in the Senate and the House of Representatives in 2012 both failed to pass.

With same-sex marriage legislation progressing in the UK and gay marriage law coming into force in New Zealand in August, Australia is becoming a minority in the English-speaking developed world for not allowing gay couples to legally wed.