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Tasmania’s gay marriage bill clears first hurdle

GAY marriage campaigners were celebrating last night after Tasmania's lower house became the first chamber of an Australian parliament to pass a bill to legalise same-sex marriage.

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8th September 2012 09:06

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Oceania

The bill, co-sponsored by Labor Premier Lara Giddings and Greens leader Nick McKim, passed by 13 votes to 11.

Labor MPs had a free vote on the bill. All but one, Michael Polley, voted with Green MPs in support of the bill.

The house’s 10 Liberal members were bound by the party’s position to vote against the bill.

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