The Tasmanian House of Assembly on Wednesday became the first in Australia to formally support same-sex marriage.
The Australian reports:
Tasmania’s parliament has become the first in the country to support gay marriage, in a move gay rights activists say will push forward the national debate.
State Labor MPs in the lower house this afternoon backed a Greens’ motion calling on the Gillard government to change the federal Marriage Act to allow for same sex couples to marry.
Gay marriage advocates hailed passionate speeches in favour of the change by Labor MPs from blue collar and Christian backgrounds, vowing to send the Hansard to Prime Minister Julia Gillard to try to change her mind on the issue.
Premier Lara Giddings said the vote sent a message to the nation that “the time for marriage equality is here”.
However Ms Giddings opposes change at the state level, saying amendments to the Marriage Act are the federal government’s jurisdiction.
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