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.

Filed under: International, Marriage

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