Q3 - Same-sex marriage
Marriage – the lifelong exclusive commitment between a man and a woman – is of fundamental importance to society as the optimal environment for raising the next generation. Moreover on 12 December 2013, the High Court ruled that marriage is a federal responsibility under the Australian Constitution. Any state or territory law relating to marriage would thus be invalid.
Would you oppose any attempt to legislate for any type of state-based marriage in Tasmania?
The High Court has recently confirmed that the laws relating to marriage are a matter to only be dealt with by the Federal Parliament. On this basis, we will not introduce any Laws to change the Marriage Act.
|Australian Labor Party
Labor believes in a gender-neutral Marriage Act at Federal and/or state level. Labor will pursue marriage equality at state level including the recognition of same sex marriages conducted in other Australian and international jurisdictions. Labor recognises that this is a complex and difficult issue and will continue to respect the right of Labor Members of Parliament to exercise a conscience vote.
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