New South Wales is set to become Australia’s second state to allow same-sex couples to marry, with a bill to be debated in Parliament next week.
The bill, tabled by the conservative opposition, has been described by Labor as an effort to give gays the same right to wed as heterosexual couples.
It would also require people to register their relationships and provide a government-issued ID.
The bill has been referred to the state parliament by Liberal leader Anthony Albanese, who said the issue should not be put off “for the faint of heart”.
“It’s time we stopped putting off this issue,” Mr Albanese said.
“The people of Australia deserve the right to marry who they want, as long as they are not discriminating against the other people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer.”
Labor’s Bill to Allow Same-Sex Couples to Marry has been tabled in the NSW Parliament article Opposition Leader Anthony Albanes (L) and Premier Mike Baird (R) were quick to attack the bill on the weekend.
Mr Albanese’s comments came as the Australian Medical Association’s chief executive, Dr Peter Jackson, also attacked the proposal as a “sex-based discrimination” bill.
“This is a discrimination bill, the right of every Australian to marry the person they love, and the right for all Australians to marry whoever they choose, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, pregnancy, breastfeeding or any other reason,” he said.
“It is the right thing to do.”
The Opposition Leader said the legislation would give “a licence” for people to discriminate against gay couples.
Opposition Leader Anthony Albines (C) speaks during a news conference after the NSW Labor Party launched its Bill to allow gay couples to wed.
(AAP: Andrew Meares) “This legislation is an assault on all Australians’ freedom of choice,” Mr Albinys statement said.
“It’s an assault upon the fundamental freedoms enshrined in the constitution, and it’s an attack on the rights of those who love and cherish their partner, their children and their community.”
The government must take immediate action to reverse this appalling legislation.
Australia’s first same-gender marriage bill was defeated by a narrow margin in 2014, but it’s not over yet.
This new bill is now a must-pass piece of legislation for the Abbott government.
“Liberal Party leader Anthony Albenes says same-Sex Marriage should not remain a ‘special case’ in Australia.
Labor has called for the bill to become a law.
But Mr Albanes said the Coalition had failed to meet the requirements to pass the bill.
He said the opposition would not stand in the way of gay marriage being legalised in NSW.
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