Sunday, December 12, 2010

Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim's good friends down south propose this!

Australian Greens MP Adam Bandt (a dear friend of BABI) wants his federal parliamentary colleagues to seek out the views of their constituents on same-sex marriage.

He will ask the House of Representatives to note that a growing list of nations, including the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway, Spain, Canada and South Africa, allow same-sex couples to marry.

Both Labor and the coalition oppose gay marriage, saying the union is between a man and a woman.

But there are signs some Labor MPs, especially those from the Left faction, want a free voice on the issue.

Labor Senator Doug Cameron has said it is inevitable that federal laws will be changed to allow gay marriage in Australia.

Mr Bandt will move a motion in the lower house that calls on all parliamentarians to gauge their constituents' views on the issue of same-sex marriage equality.

The Greens already have introduced legislation in the Senate that would clear the way for same-sex marriage.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon said he supported civil unions for same-sex couples.

"And I have been meeting with groups that are advocating for it," he told reporters in Canberra.

Senator Xenophon described his view on the issue as "more small-l liberal" than the major parties.

He said there was need for a debate on the issue.

"At the very least we should very quickly move to civil unions which has been the case in Europe and the UK and a number of other jurisdictions," he said. Read more here....


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