Sunday June 9th 2017
ADVOCATES WELCOME SMITH MARRIAGE BILL PUSH / CALL FOR CONSULTATION ON EXEMPTIONS
Equality advocates have welcomed reports
Senator Dean Smith will introduce marriage equality legislation, and have asked for the LGBTI community to be consulted on the details of exemptions in the draft legislation that allow discrimination.
It was revealed today that Senator Smith will introduce legislation when Parliament returns in the hope of securing a free vote on the issue. He has said the bill will contain exemptions for celebrants
Just.equal spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said
"We congratulate Senator Smith for taking the initiative on an issue that Australians overwhelmingly want to see resolved."
"We urge him to consult with the LGBTI community to ensure that any proposed exemptions do not go further than the LGBTI community would accept."
Mr Croome said groups like just.equal will now step up their lobbying to help Senator Smith achieve a free vote.
For a report on Senator Smith's initiative click here
For a copy of this media release on the web click here
For more information contact Rodney Croome on 0409 010 668 or Ivan Hinton-Teoh on 0419 124 826.