Marriage equality in NSW inevitable

AS A bill to legalise same-sex marriage was struck down in Canberra on Wednesday, New South Wales became the sixth Australian state to allow politicians a conscience vote on the issue.

In a historic move, politicians from all sides joined forces to form a multi-party working group aimed at achieving marriage equality on a state level.

Greens MP Cate Faehrmann welcomed the chance to work with National, Liberal, Labor and Independent MP's and said formation of the group meant regardless of what happened on a federal level, marriage equality in NSW was "inevitable".

"It's not a question of whether or not we'll get marriage equality, it's simply a question of when," said Ms Faehrmann. "We have overwhelming public support, and now we have MPs from all other parties joining with the Greens in supporting this long overdue reform."

A state-based marriage equality bill will be introduced in NSW Parliament later this year.

While he would not be drawn on his position, NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell confirmed Liberal Party MPs would not be bound to vote along party lines.