Following hot on the heels of the United States Supreme Court which found ‘same-sex couples nationwide have a constitutional right to marry’ there are rumours of an Australian Marriage Equality Bill. According to several news sources, an Australian marriage equality bill with cross-party support will come before Federal Parliament on the 11th of August.
This would add another bill to the already existing three currently in circulation by the Greens, Labour and just one Liberal Democrat, Senator David Leyonhjelm
If the Liberal Party decides that a conscience vote will be allowed this could be the beginning of Gay Marriage Equality in Australia on a Federal level.
The responsible MPs are said to be the Queensland Liberal National Party MPs Warren Entsch and Teresa Gambaro as well as the Independent MPs Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan. Two unnamed Labor MPs are also said to be behind the bill.
Rodney Croome, Australian Marriage Equality campaigner said the United States Supreme Court’s decision legalising same-sex marriage in every state is a “bittersweet” one for Australians.
What Aussie’s Are Saying on Twitter
Seriously Australia!! 19 countries inc. France, Ireland, Mexico, England and now USA… Get your shit together!!! #marriageequality
— kalem hufton (@KalemHufton) June 26, 2015
— Michael Burge (@burgewords) June 26, 2015