Greens MP Cate Faehrmann has today given notice of a motion in the NSW Parliament, calling on the government to legislate for marriage equality in the event that the Federal Parliament fails to do so in 2011.
“The Greens preference is for Australian Greens’ bill to amend the federal Marriage Act. However, if the Federal Parliament fails to act in accordance with overwhelming public support, then the NSW Parliament should,” Ms Faehrmann said.
“Advice from constitutional law expert Professor George Williams indicates the states have the ability to enact marriage equality laws. If the bigger parties in Canberra let us down, then politicians at Macquarie Street should step up to the plate.
“The Greens are extremely pleased to see support for marriage equality growing across the country.
“We will continue on with this campaign until all discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, sex and gender identity is removed. If necessary the Greens will introduce a marriage equality bill in NSW to make this happen,” Ms Faehrmann said.
The motion reads as follows:
I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move:
1. That this house notes:
a. Overwhelming public support for marriage equality in Australia
b. The growing number of jurisdictions overseas which have legislated for marriage equality including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Canada and South Africa
c. Advice from constitutional law expert Professor George Williams that marriage equality laws can be enacted by the states
d. The Australian Greens’ Marriage Equality (Amendment) Bill 2010 currently before the Federal Parliament.
2. That this house calls on the NSW Government, in the event that the Federal Parliament fails to legislate for marriage equality in 2011, to legislate to allow marriage between adults in NSW regardless of sexual orientation, sex and gender identity.