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Greens Table No Forced Divorce Bill

Nick Mckim

Nick Mckim  -  Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tags: Gender Identity, LGBTI, Legislation

The Greens today tabled their Births Deaths and Marriages Registration (No Forced Divorce) Amendment Bill 2014, which seeks to remove current provisions which discriminate against transgender Tasmanians.

"Couples facing the gender transition of one partner are already under enough stress without being forced to divorce due to a discriminatory law,” Greens Justice spokesperson Nick McKim MP said.

"The Greens’ Bill is about strengthening the institution of marriage and making it more relevant to more people. Anyone who believes in marriage and in keeping couples together should support this reform.”

"This reform is based on kindness, acceptance and a fair go, values that most Tasmanians would hold dear.”

"No-one should be forced to choose between the official recognition of their marriage, and the official recognition of their gender," Mr McKim said.

Greens MPs in South Australia and New South Wales have also today tabled similar legislation in their respective State Parliaments, as a united push to remove this form of discrimination targeting transgender citizens.