Australian Greens applaud Tasmania's marriage equality motion

The Australian Greens have welcomed the success of a motion on marriage equality moved by the Tasmanian Greens and supported by the state Labor party in the island state's parliament today.

"It's wonderful to see the Tasmanian parliament pass this motion, a move we hope will lead to change in the Federal parliament," Greens' marriage equality spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"This now puts pressure on Canberra to amend the Marriage Act and remove the discrimination same-sex couples face because they cannot legally seal their love the way heterosexual couples can.

"The Greens will continue lobbying the leaders of the federal ALP and Coalition to give their MPs a conscience vote on amending the act to reflect widespread support across the Australian community.

"Cupid doesn't discriminate, and neither should the law."