Sep 25, 2012

Cold feet: Tasmania’s gay marriage bill in trouble

Tasmania's Upper House politicians seem to be gearing up to say "I don't" to gay marriage when they vote on the issue, probably this week. Crikey runs the numbers.

Australia’s best chance of legalising gay marriage — in Tasmania — is in serious trouble, as nervous politicians baulk at setting a precedent on the hot topic.

A bill to legalise same-s-x marriage has passed the state’s lower house and goes to the upper house tomorrow, with a vote expected in the richly decorated 19th-century chamber late Wednesday night or on Thursday. A Crikey analysis last month found the bill’s chances were line-ball. Crikey revisited the issue this week and found the prospects for the bill have dimmed as two MLCs have changed their minds.

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