Two private member's bills have been introduced into Australian
parliament in the latest bid for same-sex marriage fairness.
The new bills mark a total of three formal submissions now
requesting gay marriage.
According to the Associated Foreign Press, the latter two were
submitted by Green Party's Adam Bandt and Labor's Stephen
Although neither have enough backing to pass into law, but they
are considered an important step in the long road to gay and
lesbian federal marriage.
Currently, Australia's Prime Minister - Julia Gillard - opposes
extending the institution to same-sex couples, despite increasing
public activism from campaigners.
"The Jones bill demonstrates the immense momentum behind
reform," Alex Greenwich, convenor of the Australian Marriage
Equality lobby group, told AFP.
"Three months ago the Labor Party was officially opposed to
reform and now we have a Labor member leading the way towards