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High Court verdict disappointing, but marriage equality inevitable

Media Release
Christine Milne 12 Dec 2013

The Australian Greens say that the High Court decision today on the ACT's marriage equality laws is incredibly disappointing, but that ending marriage discrimination is inevitable.

"Our hearts go out to the couples married in the last week who will be devastated by today's decision. My message to those couples is this: we will never ever give up until marriage discrimination is a relic of history," Greens Leader Christine Milne said.

"The wish of the Australian people is clear - they want to see this discrimination end and for equal love to be recognised with equal law. It will happen, the only question is when. The Greens are committed to securing this overdue reform sooner rather than later.

"Last weekend we saw a beautiful display of the joy and commitment shared by dozens of same-sex couples who were married in our capital city. This is now being taken away from them.

"The High Court challenge had nothing to do with having nationally consistent laws, it was about maintaining discrimination. If the Abbot government is so concerned about consistent laws then it is clear where the responsibility for reform lies - the Commonwealth.

The Greens LGBTI spokesperson Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said: "There will be a lot of broken hearts here in Canberra this afternoon.

"The Australian people are ready for marriage equality and today I have introduced a bill to achieve it on a federal level in the Senate.

"The Prime Minister's personal opinion should not dictate Australian law and he should grant the members of his party a conscience vote on marriage equality."


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