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Marriage equality law tabled in Tasmanian Parliament

Tasmania’s Lower House could pass a marriage equality law by the end of the week. The Bill was co-sponsored by Labor premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim.

The Australian reports:

Same-sex marriage legislation could be passed by Tasmania’s lower house by the end of the week, after the introduction of a bill co-sponsored by Labor and the Greens.

The Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2012, co-sponsored by Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim, will be debated on Thursday as the state bids to become the first in Australia to allow gay weddings.

Ms Giddings announced her decision to go it alone earlier this month, but Tasmania has since been joined by South Australia, the ACT and the Northern Territory.

All are eyeing the estimated $100 million economic boost that could come from becoming the first destination for wedding tourism, but Ms Giddings said she hoped Tasmania’s move would be a temporary one.

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