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  • High Court decides the ACT’s same-sex marriage law is invalid

    Posted 12/12/2013 by Mary Anne Neilsen
    Today, 12 December 2013, the High Court decided unanimously that the ACT’s Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 cannot operate concurrently with the federal Marriage Act 1961. The Court held that the federal Parliament has power under the Australian Constitution to legislate with respect to same sex marriage, and that under the Constitution and federal law as it now stands, whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal Parliament.BackgroundThe right to marr... Read more...

    TAGS: High Court, same sex relationships, same-sex marriage

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  • Same sex families

    Posted 24/05/2012 by Janet Phillips
    Although children of same sex relationships often experience discrimination and stigmatisation, the existing evidence overwhelmingly indicates that the sexual orientation of a parent has no effect on a child's development or sense of wellbeing. Studies conducted since the 1980s have consistently found that ’there is simply no credible evidence that such relationships cause harm to the intellectual, emotional, psychological or sexual development of children’. One research review conducted in 19... Read more...

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  • Conscience votes on same-sex marriage legislation

    Posted 22/12/2011 by Deirdre McKeown
    In the last months of 2011 there was much media interest in the possibility of the Australian Labor Party and the Liberal Party allowing a conscience vote on the issue of same-sex marriage. On 3 December 2011, delegates to the ALP national conference voted in favour of the amendment to the party platform moved by Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, allowing members a conscience vote on same-sex marriage (208 votes to 184). Members of the Left faction had argued strongly against treating same-sex marr... Read more...

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  • Attitudes to same-sex marriage

    Posted 17/11/2010 by Janet Phillips
    The Federal Parliament is currently debating a motion on same-sex relationships moved by Adam Bandt—the recently elected Australian Greens party member for the seat of Melbourne. The motion notes there is ‘widespread support for equal marriage in the Australian community’ and calls on ‘all parliamentarians to gauge their constituents’ views on the issue of marriage equality’. As a result of this and other related debate, there is currently great interest in what public opinion polls may be able ... Read more...

    TAGS: same sex relationships, social inclusion, social policy

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