Tasmania has tried several times to pass a marriage equality bill. Now a local lawmaker is giving it another try, Gay Star News reports:
Six months ago Tasmania’s Upper House rejected a bill proposing to legalize same-sex marriage in the Australian state, after it had passed in the Lower House. Today independent MLC Ruth Forrest tabled a motion to bring back the Bill. If the motion is supported the Bill could be debated again later in the year. “With same-sex marriages imminent in Britain, France and New Zealand, but no change likely any time soon at a federal level, Tasmania has another opportunity to lead the nation on this important reform,” said Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesperson, Rodney Croome.
Marriage equality may ultimately have to come to Australia the same way it has in the United States, one state at a time.