US News In 13 years, Australia went from marriage apartheid to marriage equality

18:20  07 december  2017
18:20  07 december  2017 Source:   Quartz

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In 13 years , Australia ’s leaders went from thinking it was just fine to exclude gay people from marriage rights, to pledging to bring in marriage equality by Christmas.

Australians voted in massive numbers for marriage equality and a fair go . We do: cheers and proposals as Australia says yes to marriage equality . Christmas is meant to be the happiest time of the year , but this holiday season Aussies will be more in debt, more wasteful and more stressed than

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In 2004, under prime minister John Howard, Australia amended marriage law to define what marriage was, and to very clearly rule out the recognition of certain kinds of unions. The law was changed to include the following text:

Marriage means the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life.

The amendment also added a clause titled “Certain unions are not marriages,” that stated that marriages between two men or two women solemnized abroad would not be recognized in Australia.

The change was apparently in response to the test cases of two same-sex couples who had married in Canada. Since Australian marriage law at the time didn’t define marriage, and also allowed for marriages from overseas to be recognized, barring a few exceptions that did not then include same-sex marriage, the couples decided to go to family court to seek a legal declaration of recognition. A court date was set for August 2004, but before it could take place, the law was changed in June, and received royal assent a week before their court date.

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Every Australian deserves a fair go . Marriage equality is about the values we hold dear. LGBTI people have been successfully parenting in Australia for many years . Marriage equality will not change this but will offer stronger protection to all families.

So when the marriage equality campaign went looking for a national director He says the campaign now has support from 13 ,000 organisations including Qantas Airways The Australian people made their mind up on marriage equality a long time ago, it is more than 10 years since a poll was against it.

A couple kisses outside Parliament House during an equality rally in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 07 December 2017. A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry could see its historic pass on the day as the Australian parliament is on its final sitting. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT © Provided by Quartz A couple kisses outside Parliament House during an equality rally in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 07 December 2017. A bill allowing same-sex couples to marry could see its historic pass on the day as the Australian parliament is on its final sitting. EPA-EFE/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT “Our case was effectively knocked out and we withdrew our application. The rest, as they say, is history,” wrote Jacqui Tomlins, who along with her spouse was one of the couples who had been seeking a determination. Tomlin says she thought it would take a decade for the law to be changed again. It took a little bit longer than that.

In the years since, the country saw support for same-sex marriage strengthen, including among lawmakers. But the law remained the same in the face of marked opposition from religious groups and their representatives in parliament. Since 2004, more than 20 bills attempted to change the law on same-sex marriage had failed. Last year parliament blocked an unpopular effort to hold a same-sex marriage plebiscite opposed by many in the LGBT community for fears it would be hurtful and divisive.

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Gay marriage could be legal in Australia this year under a new policy Liberal MPs have agreed on Picture: AAPSource:AAP. “I’m not going to rule anything out at this stage,” Mr Entsch told Sky News Alex Greenwich from Australian Marriage Equality has labelled the postal vote idea ‘stupid’: Picture


Although that idea was abandoned, a postal survey this year of public opinion gave lawmakers the momentum they needed. A majority in every state voiced support for same-sex marriage, results showed Nov. 15. A bill to make same-sex marriage law passed the Senate two weeks later. On Thursday (Dec. 7), the last day of parliament for the year, the bill passed the lower house in a landslide vote.

In 13 years, Australia’s leaders went from thinking it was just fine to exclude gay people from marriage rights, to pledging to bring in marriage equality by Christmas. And so they have.

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