Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Breaking News From Tasmania!!

The Tasmanian Parliament has voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions and legally recognized in those jurisdictions. It passed the parliament by a vote of 22-3. From ABC news...
The Tasmanian Parliament has approved laws recognising same-sex marriages and civil unions registered in other states or countries.
Only three of the 25 Lower House MPs voted against the amendment to the Relationships Act - Liberal members Rene Hidding, Michael Ferguson and Jacqui Petrusma.
Attorney-General Lara Giddings says the changes will remove discrimination for same-sex couples in registered relationships.
"This is really a small step, but a significant and important step for those people who have registered or been through a civil union process elsewhere around the world and want us to recognise that relationship as indeed being in existence," she said.
Though it is a very small step...like Ms. Giddings stated, it is a start, especially in Australia. As the people in Tasmania realize that gay people are no threat to them, they will open up and achieve full marriage equality. Legal recognition is only the first step, but it is a necessary one, and I applaud the Tasmanian Parliament for doing the right thing in approving this bill.

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