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The Greens call on Turnbull to allow Parliament vote on Marriage Equality

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Robert Simms 12 Oct 2015

The Australian Greens have reaffirmed their call for Malcolm Turnbull to allow the Parliament to vote on same-sex marriage.

Greens MP Adam Bandt today spoke in support of the cross-party marriage equality bill that is currently before the House of Representatives. Mr Bandt is one of the 7 cross-party sponsors of the bill moved by Liberal Member for Leichardt Warren Entsch. Mr Bandt used his speech to call on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to allow the Parliament to vote on and pass this bill.

"As a country we are faced with the perverse situation that the leaders of the 3 largest political parties all support marriage equality, yet this Parliament is being prevented from making marriage equality a reality," Mr Bandt said.

"The Greens as a whole stand ready to support this bill but the old parties' political factions stand in the way.

"Our laws continue to send the message to people who are same-sex attracted and in same-sex couples that their love is not equal.

"Malcolm Turnbull's pandering to the conservative rump of his party is not good enough."

Greens spokesperson on LGBTI & Marriage Equality said the Parliament is the right place to deal with this issue.

"This is an opportunity for Malcolm Turnbull to finally break with the Abbott era and let the Parliament do what it is elected to do and vote on this issue," Senator Simms said.

"The time for marriage equality has well and truly come. Let's work together to make it a reality."

Watch Mr Bandt's full 5-minute speech on YouTube here.

Media contacts:

Adam Bandt MP - Adam Pulford, 0429 109 054
Senator Robert Simms - Cambell Klose 0417 173 508


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