The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group has welcomed Premier David Bartlett’s support for same-sex marriage.

Spokesperson, Rodney Croome, said support for marriage equality is growing within the Labor Party and it is time for the Party to review its policy opposing the issue.

“We welcome David Bartlett’s support because it will help foster mature debate in the Tasmanian community on why it is important for all loving, committed couples to have the same legal rights, responsibilities and respect”, Mr Croome said.

“Mr Bartlett’s comments also send a clear message to his Labor colleagues that the Party’s opposition to marriage equality is in urgent need of review.”

Yesterday, in response to the tabling of state same-sex marriage laws by Tasmanian Greens leader, Nick McKim, Mr Bartlett said:

“I actually support, personally, equality for same-sex marriage, and at the next opportunity I will be going to the national ALP conference … and I will argue that case.”

Federal ALP Minister, Mark Arbib, who also supports marriage equality has flagged the possibility of moving the Party’s National Conference forward to address the issue.

David Bartlett is the second Australian state premier after Queensland Premier and ALP National President, Anna Bligh, to declare his support for marriage equality.