Tasmania’s Lower House Passes Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

August 30th, 2012

The ABC is reporting that Tasmania’s House of Assembly has approved a bill which will allow same-sex couples to marry. The 13-11 vote came after four hours of debate, with the Labor Speaker Michael Polley abandoning his party and the Greens to join 10 Liberals to oppose the measure. The debate itself was lopsided, with Greens MP Kim Booth, attacking Liberal Party members for remaining silent during the debate. The only Liberal to speak, Leader Will Hodgman, said only that the party was unified in opposing the measure while denying that party members were barred from a conscience vote.

The bill now goes to the Legislative Council, Tasmania’s upper house, for consideration in September. The ABC reports that the marriage equality bill “will have a harder path through the Upper House where some MPs are yet to declare their support.”

(Australians, as you know, speak a completely foreign language. Contrary to Americans’ usage of the term “liberal,” Australia’s Liberal Party derives its name from the early 1900’s understanding of economic liberalism, akin to other English speaking countries talking about “free markets.” The Liberal Party, economically and socially, is somewhat similar to the Republican Party in the U.S., although unlike the GOP, the Liberals haven’t purged their moderate wing to the same degree.)

Blair Martin

August 31st, 2012

No Jim, it is Americans who speak the “completely foreign language”! (LOL)

Though, a small point: “…although unlike the GOP, the Liberals haven’t purged their moderate wing to the same degree.” Come and live in Queensland, the northern state where the new Liberal National Party Government (a merged party of Liberal Party and National Party, where the National Party is extremely right wing) has gone on a rampage to marginalize and attack the LGBTQI community with deep venom. There is nothing moderate about this party and slowly, nationally the Liberal Party is losing its focus of economic liberalism and social freedom to economic hard line right wing and social engineering of a deeply conservative hue.

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