Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young indeed announced during a press conference her decision to push a bill which would allow the recognition of the unions performed abroad. She added to also want to launch a big investigation to see the effect of the legalization of the equal marriage. More pressure on Prime Minister Tony Abbott! One always waits until he allows the members of his party to freely vote on marriage equality.
It should be noted that the bi-nationals (Australian British) couples can get married at British consulates in Australia since the marriage equality law in England came into force last week.
Finally, the Senators, by a vote, expressed their wish to see Australia being openly opposed to persecutions and discriminations undergone by the LGBT community in Australia and abroad.
The motion they passed read: "The Senate notes that even in cases where discriminatory laws criminalizing consensual same sex relations are no longer enforced, the decriminalization of homosexuality is essential if lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are to live lives of dignity and equality.
"The Senate notes that even where homosexuality is not a crime, LGBTI people still face violence, eviction from their homes, dismissal from their jobs and estrangement from their families – the enactment of anti-discrimination legislation would help to combat this,
"The Senate notes that international human rights law requires states to respect the freedom and dignity of all people regardless of their sexual orientation, intersex status, gender identity and gender expression
"The Senate calls on the Australian Government to take all available steps to support the universal decriminalization of homosexuality in accordance with the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, support and defend the human rights of LGBTI people around the world, and support a Commonwealth charter which defends LGBTI rights in accordance with international law in all Commonwealth countries."