CANBERRA 24 May 2012. As revealed in The Australian today, Senator Hanson-Young’s muffled claim not to support polyamorous marriage has outraged other Greens and polyamorists, who rightly believe this position contradicts Greens policy. The Greens official Party position is indeed ‘marriage for all’ and to ‘legislate to allow marriage regardless of sexuality or gender identity’.
On Monday – following the disclosure that polyamorists had made submissions to the Senate Inquiry into her Marriage Equality Bill - Senator Hanson-Young tried to deny this.
Greens member Naomi Bicheno hit the nail on the head when she said:
‘I agree with the Greens clearly stating what their bill was about in order to ignore the distraction of polyamory. I am disappointed that it has come across as an official party policy position of against polyamory instead of simply pro marriage equality.’
I challenge Sarah Hanson-Young to say clearly and more publicly than just by via a link on her facebook page, whether the Greens support polyamorous or group marriage.
If Senator Hanson Young is really against polyamorous marriage, she should change Greens policy which is for it.
At hearings into her Marriage Equality Amendment Bill, even Michael Kirby conceded: "The question that is before the parliament at the moment is the question of equality for homosexual people. There may be, in some future time, some other question. The lesson in courts and in the parliament, I suggest, is that you take matters step by step".
The grave risk of Senator Hanson Young’s Bill is that it will lead to a push for any type of relationship to be accorded the status of marriage.