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Aussie States Co-Operate Over Gay Marriage

in AUSTRALIA, 08/09/2012

Two Australian territories have agreed to collaborate in forming legislation for gay marriages. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) government said on Friday that it has started to collaborate with the Tasmanian government on the issue.

The ACT’s Legislative Assembly passed this week a bill to restore legally binding ceremonies for gay couples, while Tasmania plans to introduce legislation for same-sex unions by the end of 2012 and would give Labour MPs a conscience vote.

“Marriage equality is an issue that deserves a collaborative approach. I am pleased that my Tasmanian counterpart, Attorney-General Brian Wightman, has agreed to proceed with discussions that would see our two progressive governments work together to further state and territory-based legislation to promote same-sex marriage,” ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell was quoted by ABC.

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