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Tasmanian marriage bill introduced

Timothy Kincaid

August 28th, 2012

From ABC’s Lateline:

Tasmania is a step closer to becoming the first state in Australia to legalise gay marriage.

The Premier, Lara Giddings, today tabled a marriage equality bill in State Parliament.

It is expected to pass the Lower House easily, but may have a devil of a time in the Upper House.

(While in American politics to “table” means to defer action on a bill until some future time, in Australia it means to bring it to the table for consideration).

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Lorenzo from Oz
August 28th, 2012 | LINK

The Australian Constitution gives power over marriage to the Federal Government.

See here
http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/cth/consol_act/coaca430/s51.html

No State Parliament has the power to bring in marriage equality.

jutta
August 29th, 2012 | LINK

Regarding the constitutional aspects see: http://tglrg.org/more/82_0_1_0_M3/

Stefan
August 29th, 2012 | LINK

No it doesn’t Lorenzo.

The Marriage Act passed in 2004 was essentially Australia’s version of DOMA. It was only at the federal level. Individual states can still pass their own same sex marriage laws, but they will recieve no federal recognition.

In the US we do have the same concept, where federal law trumps state law, but states do have a high level of soverignty.

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