Marriage Equality Legislation Introduced In Australia
Australia took a step closer to nation-wide marriage equality thanks to Senator David Leyonhjelm who introduced new same-sex marriage legislation in the Federal Parliament on Wednesday.
Liberal Democrat senator David Leyonhjelm is hoping parliamentarians from both the Coalition and Labor will back the proposed legislation.
He said the bill would allow ministers and celebrants to refuse to preside over ceremonies if they objected to same-sex marriages.
Previous attempts to pass legislation for marriage equality failed, but Mr Leyonhjelm said he hoped his legislation would win widespread support.
"All my bill does is prevent the Government from stopping two people from getting married on the grounds that they are not a man and a woman," he said.
"It does nothing more, and it requires nothing more than tolerance."
Sen. Leyonhjelm says that he actually believes government should stay out of the marriage business completely, but since it doesn't, the LGBT community shouldn't be excluded from the institution.
"When the law says that LGBTI people can't marry, in an important sense, it is diminishing their liberty," he said. "A major choice is closed off. The state is interfering, intervening, telling certain people that they can do what they want, except when they can't, while everyone else, of course, can."