Marriage and relationships

Marriage and relationships issues.

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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Intersex people and marriage, an analysis by Gina Wilson

In the light of debate around same sex marriage, marriage equality and the legal recognition of intersex people, Gina Wilson writes on the marriage rights of intersex people. The first thing to address is our right to marriage of any sort. When the Howard government proposed changes to the definition in the Marriage Act so…
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Rodney Croome of Australian Marriage Equality on intersex and same sex marriage

Rodney Croome of Australian Marriage Equality is reported as having given GNN/SX News the following statement: “In Tasmanian law everyone is legally considered either male or female, including intersex people, so everyone not able to marry under the federal opposite-sex marriage law would be able to marry under the state same-sex marriage law,” Croome told…
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“Same sex marriage” is not “marriage equality”

OII Australia welcomes the progress made today on marriage equality in New Zealand. We are hugely disappointed that Tasmania’s same sex marriage bill fails to extend marriage equality to all adult couples excluded from federal marriage legislation. Is it fundamental to human nature to always choose to exclude someone from the same fundamental human rights…
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Senate enquiry into marriage equality: Gina Wilson (OII Aus) and Chris Meney (Catholic ‘Life, Marriage & Family Centre’) testify

Parliament

On 4 May 2012, the federal Senate received oral submissions on the issue of marriage equality in a session at the NSW State Parliament. The raw transcript is enlightening about local Catholic hierarchy attitudes towards intersex people. Here, Senator Louise Pratt, Senator for Western Australia, asks a question of Chris Meney, of the Catholic ‘Life,…
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Submission to the 2012 Senate enquiry on marriage equality

Parliament

Honourable Senators, (introduction on OII Australia omitted) OII Australia supports the rights of all Australians to marriage. We support the submissions of the NSW and Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, The LGBTI Health Alliance and those of Dr Paul Martin and others that demonstrate the positive mental health outcomes for LGBTI (Lesbian Gay Bisexual…
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OII Australia tenders resignation from marriage equality campaigner CAAH

It is with great regret that we tender the resignation of OII Australia from CAAH – Community Action Against Homophobia. For some years now OII Australia, represented by our president, Gina Wilson, has participated in CAAH’s Campaign for Marriage Equality meetings and actions. We welcomed the opportunity to raise intersex experiences of homophobia and contribute to…
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Marriage made easier for all LGBTI couples including intersex Australians

Marriage made easier for all LGBTI couples including intersex Australians

Marriage equality is once again mislabeled “same-sex marriage” or “gay marriage” but at least the news itself is good – new federal Attorney-General Nicola Roxon is about to end the ban on CNI – Certificates of No Impediment – for LGBTI Australians wishing to marry overseas. The end of the ban does not mean the…
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Warren Entsch MP talks about same-sex marriage and intersex

Warren Entsch MP talks about same-sex marriage and intersex

NORTH Queensland Liberal MP Warren Entsch, co-founder of the Parliamentary Friends of LGBTI Australians, mentions intersex people in this StarOnline article.  Thank you, Mister Entsch. In a special penalty exacted upon intersex Australians for being born biologically different, we were denied the right to marry under the Howard government’s amendment to the Marriage Act 1961…
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