Re: PNG will prove Namah correct if he keeps his moral high and form effective oppositionAugust 5 2012 at 8:10 AM
|May I suggest a holiday overseas, Mr Namah? |
Response to PNG will prove Namah correct if he keeps his moral high and form effective opposition
Maybe Namah could finally come out in the open and marry that nice young man who currently serves as his right hand man.
Tassie's gay marriage tours
STEPHANIE P EATLING
05 Aug, 2012 03:00 AM
TASMANIA could become the first state to legalise gay marriage after the Premier, Lara Giddings, said the time had come to end discrimination against same-sex couples.
The legislation would be drafted to allow gay and lesbian couples from interstate to be married in Tasmania, something that Ms Giddings said would be an economic boon for the state.
She told the state Labor conference in Hobart yesterday that she would introduce the legislation by the end of the year.
''There will always be excuses, arguments and questions of timing when moving on difficult and controversial issues,'' Ms Giddings said.
''But just as we have responded to other forms of discrimination throughout history, there comes a time when no amount of excuses should stand in the way of doing what is right.''
The parliamentary Labor Party in Tasmania made the decision to have legislation drafted after obtaining advice from the Solicitor-General that said a state could introduce its own legislation. The states had the power to legislate on marriage until 1961 when the power became concurrent with that of the Commonwealth.
This means the states can legislate in areas not covered by the Commonwealth law, according to the legal advice of gay rights advocates.