Same-Sex Bill Voted Down in New South Wales Upper House
November 14, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Post submitted by Jane WothayaThirikwa, HRC Global Engagement Fellow
A bill in New South Wales (NSW) Australia that would have allowed same-sex marriage has been narrowly voted down in the Upper House despite initial hopes that the legislation would pass. A similar same-sex marriage bill was voted down for a second time by Tasmania’s Upper House last month.
The Labor Member of the Legislative Council (MLC), Penny Sharpe, introduced the bill on October 31 on behalf of a cross-party group. The working group consisting of Legislative Council members from the Liberal, National, Greens and Labor parties, as well as independent members.
Earlier in August, a bill giving same-sex couples the right to adopt was passed by the NSW parliament, after the Legislative Council voted in support of a last-minute amendment to the legislation, making the NSW the third state or territory to allow same-sex adoption, after the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia.
Just a few weeks ago, the ACT became the first Australian state to legalize same-sex marriage.
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