Greens MP Adam Bandt and Senator Sarah Hanson-Young have welcomed the Parliament's support for the Greens motion on marriage equality.
"To the boy in a country town discovering who he's attracted to, to the student wanting to take her girlfriend to a school formal or the couple who want to spend their lives together, today the Australian parliament has taken an important step towards acknowledging what you already know: love is equal," Adam Bandt said today.
"Since I moved this motion on Monday there has been a new level of discussion about the importance of equality and how this can be achieved, a discussion that has occurred not just in this Parliament but most importantly within the community. This discussion shows that as a country we have moved on from any suggestions that anything but full equality can be acceptable. That fairness and equality means marriage equality and that equal love means equal love."
Senator Hanson-Young's bill to amend the Marriage Act remains on the table in the Senate, waiting for agreement on a conscience vote from all parties.
"Polling shows the people of Australia want an end to marriage discrimination - it's now time for the community to let their politicians know they want the law changed and for equal love to become a reality,'' said Senator Hanson-Young, Greens spokesperson on Sexuality and Gender Identity.
"It's also time for Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott to stop acting as roadblocks to ending discrimination in Australia's Marriage Act. Let's come back to Parliament next year for a free and open debate with a conscience vote to change our outdated marriage laws.''