Monday, 13 February 2012 15:32

Gay Marriage Bills Introduce In Australia

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2 bills to allow gay marriage has just been introduced at the Australian Parliament.

These bills will allow gay and lesbian couples to marry but with exemptions for religious institutions. The religious part is often the part which blocks the passage of the laws.

Alex Greenwich, Australian Marriage Equality national convener, said Australians support in majority the law indicating that "this majority increases when it is made clear that churches will not have to marry same-sex couples if they don’t want to."

It is very difficult to know the real chances of these 2 bills between the various parties and in particular some having free votes.

"We now have a very large number of Coalition backbenchers to work with as we seek to build a parliamentary majority for equality. Up until today it seemed like the Coalition would vote as a block against marriage equality but now the Coalition’s principle of individual freedom has prevailed thanks to the advocacy of people inside and outside the Coalition," said Greenwich.