64% of Australians support marriage equality, but still, same-sex couples remain discriminated (Galaxy Research 2012). Same-sex marriage has been a controversial topic in Australian politics for many years, and support for this issue is trending upwards. Out of 150 members of the House of Representatives 82 openly support the movement for same-sex marriage, which is more than 55%. The difference between conservative politicians and innovative politicians remains evident (Australian Marriage Equality 2016).
The Australian Greens- out of all political parties that support same-sex marriage have remained consistent in supporting equality (Gately 2015). The Greens believe a person’s gender or sexuality should not affect their legal rights and responsibilities under Australian marriage law (ABC News 2016).Local Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry (liberal party) remains undeclared in the fight for equality, whereas competitor Leisa Neaten (labour party) openly supports gay marriage, click here to see what Neaton’s comments (ABC News 2016 & Gately 2015).
“Self-evidently gay marriage is a matter of natural justice. It in no way stops religions or individuals acting in accord with their conscientious views. It’s not a left-right issue” Nick Greiner AC, former NSW premier.
Nick Greiner (photo Jessica Hromas)
Even though the Australian public supports marriage equality, The Australian Marriage Act 1961 still states clearly ‘marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’. Which has the Australian public asking how hard is it to substitute it to ‘The union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life’ ?(Ireland 2016).
As society changes, many aspects affect the lifestyle choices of individuals; trends regarding sexual preference or sexuality have changed the way people live (Kail, Acosta & Wright 2015). In perspective, the current definition of marriage is not relevant to Australia’s modern and future society (Fisher 2016). Today’s modern and future society has a rapid growth rate of homosexuals, interested in the union of marriage (ABC News 2016). With this growing rate of same-sex, civil partnerships make the current definition of marriage, irrelevant to modern and future society.
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Fisher, A. (2016). Same-sex ‘marriage’: Evolution or deconstruction of marriage and the family?. Australasian Catholic Record, The, 93(2), 145.
Gately, M. (2015). Leisa Neaton voices marriage equality support. Rockhampton Morning Bulletin. Retrieved 26 July 2016, from http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/neaton-all-we-really-need-is-love/2694290/
Ireland, J. (2016). Same-sex marriage: Federal Parliament’s political football of choice. The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 26 July 2016, from http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/samesex-marriage-federal-parliaments-political-football-of-choice-20160316-gnl2ty.html
Kail, B. L., Acosta, K. L., & Wright, E. R. (2015). State-Level Marriage Equality and the Health of Same-Sex Couples. American Journal Of Public Health, 105(6), 1101-1105 5p. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2015.302589
Marriage Act 1961. Legislation.gov.au. Retrieved 26 July 2016, from https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2013C00164
Same-sex marriage: Let’s get it sorted and move on. (2016). ABC News. Retrieved 26 July 2016, from http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-09/barnes-let’s-get-it-sorted-and-move-on/7231770