Same Sex Marriage - A Hollow Victory for Government?

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Same Sex Marriage - A Hollow Victory for Government?

Tasmania could become the first Australian state to legalise same-sex marriage. Is this just a smokescreen for its economic problems?

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Their recent article,  Well done, Tassie. Well done!, looks at the issue of the House of Assembly passing the same-sex marriage laws. There is one lonely constitutional law professor who asserts that Tasmania’s bold move will survive. But other experts are sceptical. Professor Anne Twomey, of the University of Sydney, for example, writes:

“A Tasmanian law permitting same-sex marriage, even if operative, would do little more than facilitate holding a ceremony, drinking champagne and taking photos. It might confer on the parties to a same-sex marriage the status of ‘married’ for the purposes of Tasmanian laws, but it is most unlikely that they would be regarded as legally ‘married’ for the purposes of Commonwealth law or under the law of any other state…”

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This article is the opinion of the author and not necessarily expresses the views of the Archdiocese of Hobart. All comments relating to this article, including material used or research sources, should be directed to the author.