TASMANIA SAYS YES! - Media Release, 15 November 2017
The Yes vote today is a historic statement for
Australia as an inclusive and progressive nation. I am so pleased yet
was a vote for equal rights for same sex couples in our country to marry the
person they love.
Yes vote is also a fantastic result for Tasmania, and reflects the goodwill of
the Tasmanian people today who have spoken loud and clear.
fact that the Yes vote in Tasmania was higher than the national average shows
how strongly Tasmanians feel about equality for LGBTI people.
1997, homosexuality was illegal in Tasmania. In 2017, Tasmania voted for
far we have come.
is a $100 million survey that we should not have had to go through. But having
gone through it, Tasmanians have done their bit and made their voice heard.
now the job of all of us in parliament to legislate for marriage equality by
the end of the year.
conservatives who have lead the Turnbull government on this issue need to
respect the voice of the Australian people and get out of the way. They cannot
and must not try to reverse anti-discrimination laws by stealth.
looking forward to Senator Dean Smith’s marriage quality bill being introduced into
the Senate today and I will be voting for it.
WEDNESDAY, 15 NOVEMBER 2017
MEDIA CONTACTS: TAIMUS WERNER-GIBBINGS 0429 820 344