Marriage and relationships

Marriage and relationships issues.

Yes to marriage equality

Yes to marriage equality!

We welcome the 61.6% majority ‘yes’ verdict, and a majority in every State and Territory. OII Australia hopes that Parliament will now legislate to enable every adult couple to marry, irrespective of their sex characteristics.

YES to marriage equality

Vote YES for marriage equality

Intersex people are diverse: some of us are married, or able to marry legally in Australia, while others of us are not. OII Australia supports a YES vote. We encourage our members, supporters and broader constituency to vote YES for marriage equality, and we encourage you to talk with your family, friends and colleagues about…
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Marriage and people with intersex variations, a submission

This paper, our submission to a current Senate inquiry on an exposure draft marriage bill, discusses the role of medical interventions in preparing intersex bodies for marriage, as well as issues with access to marriage. It provides a comprehensive update on the implications of marriage laws in Australia.

Tony and Manja

Submission on a plebiscite on the matter of marriage

OII Australia made a submission on the matter of a proposed plebiscite or referendum on the matter of marriage in Australia. In common with many other LGBTI organisations, OII Australia opposes such a referendum due to the likely mental health impact on people born with intersex variations and our families. More information Our submission, published…
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The Guardian: Senators told same-sex couples who marry overseas can be left in legal limbo

Tony Briffa speaks at Senate hearing on recognition of foreign marriages

The Senate of Australia is currently engaged in an inquiry on the recognition of foreign same-sex marriages. Tony Briffa married Manja last year, in New Zealand, in a marriage that is not recognised as either opposite sex, nor same-sex, marriage. Tony wrote a personal submission to the inquiry, which OII Australia supported. Tony spoke at…
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Intersex Awareness Day, 2013

Here are this year’s Intersex Awareness Day words, by Morgan Carpenter, OII Australia president. Intersex Awareness Day, 2013 Today is Intersex Awareness Day. In a nod to Stonewall, the date marks the first public protest by North American intersex activists. The event marks a good moment to pause and reflect, and honour the people who…
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When is marriage equality not marriage equality?

I support marriage equality and acknowledge the great work done by Australian Marriage Equality (AME) over the years. I am disappointed however, that they are now pushing legislation in NSW and Tasmania that will exclude some intersex and trans people from marriage. This clearly is not “marriage equality” which is why I am calling on AME…
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Tony and Manja

Congratulations, Tony and Manja!

Tony Briffa, our Vice President, is getting married to Manja today in council chambers in Dunedin, NZ. Tony is a Councillor and former Mayor of Hobsons Bay, Victoria. We share Tony and Manja’s excitement! We hope that today is beautiful for both Tony and Manja and we wish them heartfelt best wishes for a wonderful…
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We welcome the ACT Marriage Equality Bill

Congratulations to the ACT government for today tabling their Marriage Equality Bill! The Bill is very inclusive: it permits everyone not covered under the Commonwealth Marriage Act to get married, so couples that are not comprised of “a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others” will be able to get married (and…
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Gina Wilson writes on the NSW Marriage Equality Bill

OII Australia was recently invited to attend a briefing on the proposed NSW Marriage Equality bill at parliament house and Gina Wilson attended as president of the organisation. A number of issues were discussed in respect of intersex people. It is now possible for intersex people to have an ‘X’ as sex designator on their…
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First thoughts on the NSW Marriage Equality Bill

An inter-party group of parliamentarians in New South Wales have gotten together to establish a working group on marriage equality, and proposals have just been published in a consultation draft. While we’re pleased to see a cross-party collaboration, we have to admit to some very significant concerns about the proposals. Firstly, despite a suggestion from…
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