Tasmanian marriage equality advocates have welcomed a move by independent state Upper House member, Tony Mulder, to secure in-principle support for the reform from his Upper House colleagues.

Mr Mulder has tabled an Upper House motion to be debated in April that calls for same-sex couples to be able to marry.

Tasmanian United for Marriage Equality spokesperson, Deidre Murray, said,

“Support for the principle of marriage equality from the traditionally conservative Tasmanian Upper House will send a strong message to federal parliament that it’s time to move ahead with this reform rather than sending it off to an expensive and divisive plebiscite.”

“Last year’s successful Tasmanian Lower House marriage equality motion, which was supported by Liberal, Labor and Green members, is a compelling precedent which I urge Upper House members to follow.”

In 2012 the Tasmanian Upper House defeated a same-sex marriage bill by one vote, stymying the opportunity for Tasmania to become the first place in Australia to allow same-sex couples to marry.

Last year Premier Will Hodgman and many of his Liberal colleagues joined Labor and Green party MPs in supporting a marriage equality motion.
Tasmanian United for Marriage Equality spokesperson, Deidre Murray