SA, Tas to legalise gay marriage

THE premiers of South Australia and Tasmania have told gay rights supporters they will legislate for same-sex marriage regardless of what federal parliament does.

Thousands of demonstrators have marched in seven Australian cities almost eight years after the Howard government passed the Marriage Amendment Bill to deny gay couples marriage rights.

But with two marriage equality bills before federal parliament, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill told a rally in Adelaide he would legislate for gay marriage at a state level.

On the steps of Parliament House, Mr Weatherill said he would support a Greens bill and allow Labor MPs a conscience vote.

"People should be entitled to express their own identity in any way they wish and the law shouldn't become a barrier to prevent them from doing that," he said."So, from my perspective, it's a simple question of the dignity of the individual.

Read more at the Australian.

Topics:  equal rights gay marriage greens progress same-sex south australia tasmania

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