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

18:20  07 december  2017
18:20  07 december  2017 Source:   qz.com

Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages

  Australian Parliament allows same-sex marriages The Australian Parliament voted on Thursday to allow same-sex marriage across the nation, following a bitter and divisive debate settled by the government polling voters in a much-criticized ballot survey that strongly endorsed change.The public gallery of the House of Representatives erupted with applause when the bill passed to change the definition of marriage from solely between a man and a woman to "a union of two people" excluding all others.

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.

Thu 7 Dec 2017 01.58 EST Last modified on Tue 13 Mar 2018 11.54 EDT. 'Two consenting adults': couples across Australia make marriage equality real. Guests cheer as Ron van Houwelingen and Antony McManus marry legally after 30 years together, one of several couples rushing to use

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Australian Marriage Equality (AME) is an advocacy group driven by volunteers who have come together to pursue the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia . AME partners with a diverse range of organisations and supporters across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex LGBTIQ

The average duration of marriage is about 12 years in Australia , yet the Australian Institute of Family Studies reports that people are separating quicker. In 2011, they reported that the time that “couples go from being married to being separated now stands at 8.7 years , up from 7.5 in 1980.”

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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The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey was a national survey designed to gauge support for legalising same-sex marriage in Australia .

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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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Same-sex marriage has been banned in Australia since 2004 when the Howard government changed the Marriage Act to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Australians voted in massive numbers for marriage equality and a fair go .

The yes case is being run by the Equality Campaign , an initiative of Australian Marriage Equality , the leading lobby group on the issue for many years . And while Australia debates, same-sex marriages are going ahead in the US, Britain , Ireland , South Africa, New Zealand , and – very soon – Germany .


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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