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Old 31st May 2012, 10:28 AM   #46303  /  #22
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From today's Australian news via the ABC News app

The New South Wales Upper House has voted in favour of a motion supporting same-sex marriage.

There was applause as the motion passed this afternoon, 22 votes to 16.

The motion calls on the Federal Government to change the Marriage Act.

The vote had been delayed for a week because so many MPs wanted to speak to the motion.

Both Coalition and Labor MPs were given a conscience vote.

Seven State Government members gave their support, including Nationals MP Trevor Khan and Liberal MP Scott MacDonald.

Labor's Luke Foley was among those who voted against the motion, along with MPs from the Shooters and Fishers and the Christian Democrats.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann, who introduced the motion, was celebrating.

""What we've done today is send a very strong message to the Federal Parliament that they should act on amending the Marriage Act," Ms Faehrmann said.

"It's very significant because MPs from the Liberal Party, the National Party, the Labor Party and the Greens all voted for marriage equality, given a conscience vote.

"Tony Abbott needs to take note of that. MPs do want a conscience vote to be able to vote on these issues.

"When they're able to consider marriage equality and give it due thought and consideration, they vote for or against it but it's always a very respectful debate and that's what needs to happen in the Federal Parliament."
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