Greens introduce same sex marriage bill in WA

Media statement, Thursday, 12 December, 2013.

A bill to establish same sex marriage in Western Australia was introduced today by the Hon Lynn MacLaren, Greens MLC, in the Legislative Council.

“This bill builds on momentum across Australia to close the gap of inequality once and for all.

“The Same-Sex Marriage Bill 2013 will allow the authorisation of celebrants and the registration of same-sex marriages via an amendment to the Births, Deaths and Marriages Registration Act 1998.

“It also provides for the dissolution and annulment of same-sex marriages, and for related financial matters via amendments to the Family Court Act 1997. This Bill establishes marriage rights and responsibilities for same-sex couples that other couples have already,” explained Ms MacLaren.

“Learning from the experiences in other states, I have introduced a Bill which can survive a High Court challenge.”

“Like all big achievements, I had a little help from my friends. One of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers, George Williams AO, and Greens MPs with similar bills in other Australian states, have generously provided guidance.”

“Same-sex couples in WA who want to be married could look forward to it next year if this bill passes.”

“I believe that with the new WA Parliament we now have enough support to pass this legislation.”

Australian Marriage Equality national director, Rodney Croome, said, “AME welcome Lynn MacLaren's commitment to achieving marriage equality in WA.”

“We call on supporters of marriage equality across all parties in the WA parliament to join Lynn in co-sponsoring a marriage equality bill.”