Cross-party bill for marriage equality introduced in Parliament

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Adam Bandt of the Greens has introduced a bill to the House of Representatives today, with support from independent MPs.

The Greens sole Lower House MP has sponsored a bill to legislate for same-sex marriage in Australia along with independents Andrew Wilkie and Cathy McGowan.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten has also tabled a bill with support from his deputy Tanya Plibersek today, though Bandt argues the cross-party bill is the only “serious option”.

“I invite Liberal and Labor MPs again to join as co-sponsors of this bill to achieve marriage equality,” Bandt said.

“If we all work together, we have a real chance to pass marriage equality through Parliament sooner rather than later without a divisive plebiscite.”

The Greens, Wilkie and McGowan are aiming to trigger a free vote on marriage equality and avoid a public vote that advocates have warned will be divisive and harmful to the LGBTIQ community.

“If we all work together, we have a real chance to pass marriage equality through Parliament sooner rather than later without a divisive and wasteful plebiscite,” Bandt continued.

“If we all work together, wedding bells could be sounding before Christmas this year.”

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