Greens renew vow of equality
The Tasmanian Greens today announced a suite of planned reforms to enhance the equality and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Tasmanians.
Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said the Greens were committed to ending discrimination and prejudice that still exists in our community, to move towards a truly inclusive society.
“To end discrimination in the community, we first need to remove it from our laws,” Mr McKim said.
“There is no possible justification for maintaining discrimination in our laws based on who a person happens to love or their sexuality, and the time for change is now well overdue.”
“Valentines Day would be a great opportunity for all parties to commit to delivering marriage equality for all Tasmanians in the next term of Parliament.”
“The ban on same sex marriage is one of the last forms of forms of legally-entrenched discrimination, and the Greens are committed to ending this injustice.”
“The Greens look forward to marriage equality being enshrined in law so that same sex couples across can have access to one of the most fundamental civil institutions in our society.”
“Changing our laws is a priority, but as a society we must also acknowledge the centuries of injustice inflicted on same sex attracted people.”
“The Greens will work to ensure criminal records for consenting adult gay sex are expunged to correct this historic injustice, and that an apology is made to those who were persecuted by the law.”
Mr McKim said the Greens would also work toward a ban on people under 18 undergoing so-called ‘reparative-therapies’ aimed at changing their sexual inclination.
“Once upon a time it was not uncommon for young men to receive shock therapy to ‘cure’ them of homosexuality,” Mr McKim said.
“Even today, there are various types of so-called ‘reparative therapies’ or ‘conversion-therapies’ aimed at changing people’s sexual inclination.”
“These types of interventions are known to have harmful effects on young people, and can only add to the stigma and shame that many young gay people experience.”
The plan includes:
▴ prioritising state same-sex marriage legislation;
▴ a ban on so-called “reparative therapies” being performed on Tasmanians under 18;
▴ investing $850,000 in reducing levels of prejudice, discrimination and violence against LGBTI people;
▴ expunging criminal records for consenting adult gay sex in Tasmania;
▴ ensuring no watering down of existing human rights protections
▴ properly resourcing existing community and government consultative groups and develop a statewide LGBTI strategy.