Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009

26 November 2009

© Commonwealth of Australia 2009
ISBN 978-1-74229-155-0

View the report as a single document - (PDF 214KB)

View the report as separate downloadable parts:

Members of the Committee (PDF 9KB)
Recommendations (PDF 15KB)
Chapter 1 - Introduction (PDF 11KB)

Summary of key amendments
Conduct of the inquiry
Scope of the report
Note on references

Chapter 2 - Background (PDF 41KB)

The Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2009 – A Summary
The Legislative Context
The International Context
The Social Context

Chapter 3 - The case for legalising same-sex marriage (PDF 50KB)

Marriage and family as dynamic institutions
Same-sex couples' desire for marriage
Broader role and benefits of marriage
Human rights and responsibilities
Recognition of marriages conducted overseas
Certificate of non-impediment

Chapter 4 - The case for preserving the status quo (PDF 44KB)

The 'Origins' of 'Marriage'
State involvement
Religious/Christian Grounds

Chapter 5 - Discussion and Conclusion (PDF 18KB)

Consistency of recognition for same sex relationships
Certificates of Non-Impediment to Marriage

Dissenting report by Senator Barnett (PDF 22KB)
Dissenting report by Australian Greens (PDF 22KB)

Need for the Bill
Marriage and religion

Appendix 1 - Submissions received (PDF 33KB)
Appendix 2 - Witnesses who appeared before the Committee (PDF 7KB)

For further information, contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794