A good week for gay rights in Australia

Sydney, New South Wales

On Thursday, the lower house of the Tasmanian assembly voted to recognize same-sex marriages and civil unions performed elsewhere. The vote was by a wide margin and the only dissenting votes came from three not-so-liberal members of the Liberal Party.

On Friday, the New South Wales Legislative Assembly voted to allow same-sex couples to adopt. The vote was 46-44 with support coming from all parties, according the newspaper The Australian.

A previous bill was rejected because it allowed agencies with religious affiliation to refuse to work with same-sex couples. The current bill has no religious exemption.

The bill still needs to pass the upper house.

New South Wales includes Australia’s largest city, Sydney. Adoption by same-sex couples is already legal in Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory.

—  David Taffet