Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010

Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010

25 June 2012

© Commonwealth of Australia 2012
ISBN 978-1-74229-663-0

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COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP (PDF 8KB)
 
RECOMMENDATIONS (PDF 4KB)
 
CHAPTER 1 - Introduction (PDF 45KB)

Referral of the inquiry
Purpose of the bill
Provisions of the bill
Other marriage equality bills before parliament
Previous Senate committee inquiries on marriage bills
Same-sex law reforms
Conduct of the current inquiry
Scope of this report
Note on terminology
Note on references
Acknowledgement

CHAPTER 2 - Policy arguments for and against marriage equality (PDF 101KB)

Arguments supporting marriage equality
Arguments opposing marriage equality

CHAPTER 3 - Key issues relating to the bill and its constitutional validity (PDF 59KB)

Constitutional validity of the bill
Is the bill's definition of 'marriage' appropriate?
Protections for ministers of religion
Recognition in Australia of marriages conducted overseas

CHAPTER 4 - Committee view and recommendations (PDF 41KB)

Marriage equality is about rights and removal of discrimination
Marriage is a secular institution
Evolution of marriage in modern society
Impact of marriage equality on children
Marriage equality for same-sex couples is not a 'slippery slope'
Public support for marriage equality
Conscience vote on marriage equality legislation
Specific commentary on Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS BY SENATOR BIRMINGHAM AND SENATOR BOYCE (PDF 34KB)

Why do we have a Marriage Act?
The civil institution of marriage
Strengthening the institution of marriage
A matter of conscience
Conclusion

DISSENTING REPORT BY  COALITION SENATORS (PDF 58KB)

Introduction
An unbalanced report
'Marriage equality'
Committee majority: failure to take evidence into consideration
Constitutional validity of the Bill
The issue of discrimination – is same-sex marriage a human right?
Keeping faith with the electorate

DISSENTING REPORT BY INDIVIDUAL LABOR SENATORS (PDF 17KB)
 
APPENDIX 1 - TABLE SUMMARISING PROPOSED  MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGISLATION (PDF 15KB)
 
APPENDIX 2 - SUBMISSIONS PUBLISHED ON THE COMMITTEE'S WEBSITE (PDF 34KB)
 
APPENDIX 3 - WITNESSES WHO APPEARED BEFORE THE COMMITTEE (PDF 9KB)

For further information, contact:

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

Phone: +61 2 6277 3560
Fax: +61 2 6277 5794
Email: legcon.sen@aph.gov.au

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