Tasmania's Upper House to revive marriage bill

HOBART, Tasmania, Australia -- Tasmanian's Upper House is set to be the focus of national attention when it considers for a second time whether the island state can go it alone in legalizing same-sex marriage.

Independent MLC Ruth Forrest says she will bring on debate to resuscitate the same-sex marriage bill which failed last year, eight votes to six.

Ms Forrest says she will make the move when Parliament resumes in just under a fortnight, in light of new information.

She wants her colleagues to consider a New South Wales parliamentary inquiry which ruled states do have the power to introduce their own gay marriage laws.

Only two MLCs need to change their minds for Parliament to push ahead with legalizing gay marriage.

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